The idea that spending time in nature can make you feel better is intuitive. We all feel this to be true, and many of us have anecdotes of our own or from friends or family that support that idea. People who have been suffering from stress, sickness, or a trauma can spend quiet contemplative time in gardens or taken to the mountains or woods to heal. But nature is not just wilderness. The benefits of nature can also be found in our communities’ parks and green spaces.Scientific studies support these beliefs. Reviews of scientific literature like this one on the Children & Nature Network website agree that humans have a basic psychological need for nature.
What we all know to be true: nature is good for everyone and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits.
Below you will find first-person stories from wildlife and nature lovers to help us all create a responsible, respectful and inclusive outdoors.
California Watchable Wildlife Stories