Current Research

The Health Benefits of the Human-Nature Connection

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In the last 12 months, more than 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles have been published on the benefits of the human-nature connection. The following selection illustrates the benefits of nature in the healthcare industry.




McCormick, R., (2017). Does access to green space impact the mental well-being of children: A systematic review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Access Summary; Access Study

Frumkin, H., Bratman, G.N., Breslow, S.J., Cockran, B., Kahn, P.H., Lawler, J.J., Levin, P.S., Tandon, P.S., Varanasi, U., Wolf, K.L., Wood, S.A., (2017). Nature contact and human health: A research agenda. Environmental Health Perspectives. Access Summary; Access Study

Berger, R., (2017). Nature Therapy: Incorporating nature into arts therapy. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Access Summary; Access Study


Franco, L.S., Shanahan, D.F., Fuller, R.A., (2017). A review of the benefits of nature experiences: More than meets the eye. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8). Access Summary; Access Study


Weinberger, N., Butler, A.G., Schumacher, P.A., Brown, R.L., McGee, B., (2017). Child life specialists' evaluation of hospital playroom design: A mixed method inquiry. Journal of Interior Design, 42(2), 71-91. Access Summary; Access Study


Wessel, L.A., (2017). Shifting gears: Engaging nurse practitioners in prescribing time outdoors. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(1), 89-96. Access Summary; Access Study


Ferreira, J.G., Venter, E., (2016). The interconnectedness between well-being and the natural environment. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 15(4), 291-300. Access Summary; Access Study

*summaries provided by the Children & Nature Network