Campus Nature Rx Network
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous - Aristotle
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 student’s 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 over 60 colleges and universities and 89 professionals dedicated to supporting campus mental and physical health through inclusive and equitable nature engagement teaching, research, and outreach.
An annual symposium each Fall keeps members connected and informed about novel approaches to campus nature engagement, while providing opportunities for cross-campus discussions and collaborations.
Please refer to the members page and reach out to the network members directly for more information on individual programs.
CNRx is supported by generous grant from the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a community-driven nonprofit founded by REI that directly supports organizations creating more accessible and inclusive outdoor spaces and places for everyone. Learn more at REIfund.org