Metro nature - including trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas - enhance quality of life in cities and towns. The experience of nature improves human health and well-being in many ways. Nearly 40 years of scientific studies tell us how.
Join Dr. Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist out of the University of Washington, as we discuss the mental health benefits we might experience if we spend more time in our green spaces.
This program is in partnership between Cary Library and Ashland Public Library.
About Dr. Wolf:
As a social scientist she investigates people's perceptions and behaviors with regard to urban landscapes. Based on professional experiences early in Dr. Wolf's career - as an urban forester in South Florida and a landscape architect in the Midwest - Dr. Wolf became interested in the interactions between human and ecological systems. Dr. Wolf's work is based on the principles of environmental psychology, and studies explore the human dimensions of open space, urban forestry and natural systems:
- Nearby nature and human health benefits
- Public preferences and perceptions regarding urban public landscapes
- Developmental benefits associated with youth participation in urban greening work