Campus Nature Rx Network

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous - Aristotle

About CNRx

Research conducted for the book, ‘Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health,’ revealed that a number of colleges and universities had recently turned to an ancient source – time in nature – to contribute to their students’ health and well-being.

To advance this burgeoning movement, in January 2019, representatives from four campuses -- Cornell University, University of California-Davis, University of Minnesota, and William & Mary-- met to discuss each school’s unique approach. During this meeting it was determined the members wanted a means of sharing their successes, failures, and innovative ways of encouraging college students to engage with nature. This led to the creation of the Campus Nature Rx Network.

CNRx is a coalition of nearly 50 and colleges and universities dedicated to supporting campus mental and physical health though inclusive and equitable nature engagement programing, courses, communications, and research.

A monthly newsletter and annual symposium keeps members informed, provides opportunities for cross-campus discussions and collaborations, and serves to share the work of the group with those outside the network.

Don Rakow (Cornell University) and Dorothy Ibes (William & Mary) are the co-chairs of the CNRx network.

Please refer to the members page and reach out to the network members directly for more information on individual programs.

Sign up for the CNRx Newsletter

Click here or scan the QR code to receive the monthly CNRx newsletter.

Join as a Member Institution with an active Campus Nature program.

CNRx members institutions coordinate outreach, research, and other ongoing efforts that supports health and well-being on college and university campuses through nature engagement. If your institution supports such ongoing efforts with active programing, you may apply to be a CNRx member with a program webpage on our site. Membership is free, simply complete the New Member Application.