Can a Hike a Day Keep the Doctor Away? by Tiara Chapman 

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  1. Can a Hike a Day Keep the Doctor Away?

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    Ask the average Texan about their day and you may get an earful. Running from work to school to home with only a few hours until you have to do it all over again can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health. Eight out of ten Americans report feeling stress like this at least once every two weeks. Over time, chronic stress can manifest into heart disease, which is the #1 killer of Texans every year. If these statistics are stressing you out, then take a hike! Spending time in nature may be a simple, effective way to reduce stress and improve health and we are building the science to prove it.

    An illustration of people playing in a park. At the top there is text reading "Nature and Health: Parks and natural areas can be a great place to go for a walk, run, or spin. In addition to providing fitness benefits, green spaces can help your health in a variety of other ways." Credit: Sunghee Kim, Columbia Climate School
    Credit: Sunghee Kim, Columbia Climate School

    The Center for Health & Nature (CHN), a collaboration between Houston Methodist, the Texas A&M University System, and Texan by Nature, pioneers research on how nature benefits our health. Their research aims to produce programs that can be used alongside traditional therapies, promoting recovery and disease prevention. By integrating these nature-based interventions into healthcare settings and everyday life, we can revolutionize approaches to health and wellness.

    Complementing the efforts of the Center for Health & Nature is the Nature and Health Alliance (NHA), a nationwide network of researchers, practitioners, and advocates, seeking to promote the relationship between nature and health. The Alliance focuses on advancing the understanding of the relationship between nature and health by fostering research collaborations, promoting policy changes, and nurturing future researchers and practitioners. The Alliance seeks to build a robust framework that raises awareness about the health benefits of engaging with nature while encouraging reciprocal actions between humans and the environment.

     

    Woman Jumping Wearing Green Backpack in the forest Credit: Sebastian Voortman/pexels
    Photo: Sebastian Voortman/pexels

    Check out some of the groundbreaking work coming from the Center for Health & Nature and the Nature Health Alliance so far!

    • Schoolyard Physical Activity and Social Interaction: Is it easier to make friends during recess? Using the System for Observing Outdoor Play Environments in Neighborhood Schools researchers at the NHA examined how outdoor play environments in schools impact children’s physical activity and social interactions.
    • Nature at work: Did you know having nature contact in everyday life is associated with lower levels of anxiety? This study by Nature and Health Alliance Members found that visits to a greenspace in the workplace led to reduced anxiety.
    • Green Parks and Health: Do you need to carve out time for a 3-mile hike at the local state park or is sitting in the neighborhood pocket prairie enough to reap the health benefits of nature? This CHN study shows how walking in green parks boosts immune systems and improves mental health, featuring perspectives from NHA active vice-chairs  Drs. Jen Robert and Jay Maddock.
    Two people in a park Photo: Rollz International/Pexels
    Photo: Rollz International/Pexels

    Texan by Nature’s vision is for every business and every Texan to participate in conservation and for Texas to be a model of collaborative conservation for the world. By integrating nature into your daily life, not only are you giving a positive boost to your health, you are bringing us one step closer to achieving our mission of uniting all Texans in conservation action. Together, we can ensure every Texan enjoys the great outdoors and all its health benefits. 

    Join the conservation and become a member of the Nature and Health Alliance or share an executive brief from the Center for Nature & Health so we can spread their message far and wide!

     

  2. Forest Bathing Walk

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    Join Families in Nature Program Coordinator and Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, Jo, on January 28th for an adults only forest bathing experience! Forest bathing is an immersive, guided nature connection experience. It involves slowly wandering outside, activating your senses and exploring the world around you in a deeper way. We will investigate our senses through color, texture, smell, sound and a variety of other fun and engaging invitations to help you connect better to yourself to nature.

  3. Colorado River Alliance Mix & Meander

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    Join us for a family-friendly celebration in honor of the Alliance’s 30th Anniversary! Mix + Meander is a casual, come-and-go event for our community of River Heroes to gather together and toast to 30 years of making every drop count. Enjoy the five-acre, beautifully landscaped grounds of the Wilkerson Center and the one-of-a-kind Mobile River with a side of birthday cake, community, and an amazing view of the Texas Colorado River.

  4. Spring Break at Trinity River Audubon Center

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    Spend your Spring Break in nature at the Trinity River Audubon Center! You can sign up for one day camp or all day camps! Perfect for ages 8-12.

    Registration is required for each day Drop off time: 8:30am Pickup time: 12:00pm trinityriver.audubon.org/events

    Tuesday, March 12th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Copycats- Learn all about nature’s expert copycats and mimics!

    Wednesday, March 13th 8:30am-12:00pm -Outdoor Skills- Edible? Poisonous? What is the perfect knot for that? Now you will know!

    Thursday, March 14th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Makers- Use nature as your inspiration and create different forms of art!

    Friday, March 15th 8:30am-12:00pm -Call of the Wild!- Become an expert at animal calls and other ways they communicate!

  5. Spring Break at Trinity River Audubon Center

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    Spend your Spring Break in nature at the Trinity River Audubon Center! You can sign up for one day camp or all day camps! Perfect for ages 8-12.

    Registration is required for each day Drop off time: 8:30am Pickup time: 12:00pm trinityriver.audubon.org/events

    Tuesday, March 12th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Copycats- Learn all about nature’s expert copycats and mimics!

    Wednesday, March 13th 8:30am-12:00pm -Outdoor Skills- Edible? Poisonous? What is the perfect knot for that? Now you will know!

    Thursday, March 14th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Makers- Use nature as your inspiration and create different forms of art!

    Friday, March 15th 8:30am-12:00pm -Call of the Wild!- Become an expert at animal calls and other ways they communicate!

  6. Spring Break at Trinity River Audubon Center

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    Spend your Spring Break in nature at the Trinity River Audubon Center! You can sign up for one day camp or all day camps! Perfect for ages 8-12.

    Registration is required for each day Drop off time: 8:30am Pickup time: 12:00pm trinityriver.audubon.org/events

    Tuesday, March 12th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Copycats- Learn all about nature’s expert copycats and mimics!

    Wednesday, March 13th 8:30am-12:00pm -Outdoor Skills- Edible? Poisonous? What is the perfect knot for that? Now you will know!

    Thursday, March 14th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Makers- Use nature as your inspiration and create different forms of art!

    Friday, March 15th 8:30am-12:00pm -Call of the Wild!- Become an expert at animal calls and other ways they communicate!

  7. Spring Break at Trinity River Audubon Center

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    Spend your Spring Break in nature at the Trinity River Audubon Center! You can sign up for one day camp or all day camps! Perfect for ages 8-12.

    Registration is required for each day Drop off time: 8:30am Pickup time: 12:00pm trinityriver.audubon.org/events

    Tuesday, March 12th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Copycats- Learn all about nature’s expert copycats and mimics!

    Wednesday, March 13th 8:30am-12:00pm -Outdoor Skills- Edible? Poisonous? What is the perfect knot for that? Now you will know!

    Thursday, March 14th 8:30am-12:00pm -Nature Makers- Use nature as your inspiration and create different forms of art!

    Friday, March 15th 8:30am-12:00pm -Call of the Wild!- Become an expert at animal calls and other ways they communicate!

  8. Science Sunday: An Eco Discovery

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    Discover the wonders of our Environmental Education Series held every second Sunday of the month! Engage in STEM and STEAM activities tailored to explore various facets of environmental conservation. Each session promises interactive learning experiences that inspire curiosity and foster a deeper connection with our planet.

  9. Playtime at the Playa

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    These outdoors play sessions are designed to support consistent unstructured time outdoors in nature for the youngest learners of The Preserve’s community. The outdoor classroom is a space that comes alive with possibilities as participants choose how to spend their time between options such as; scavenger hunts, nature crafts, WILD at the Preserve curriculum activities, nature-themed books, a sensory bin, and occasional visitors from the community to share ways in which we all work together to encourage the next generation to love and care for our natural spaces.

  10. Playtime at the Playa

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    These outdoors play sessions are designed to support consistent unstructured time outdoors in nature for the youngest learners of The Preserve’s community. The outdoor classroom is a space that comes alive with possibilities as participants choose how to spend their time between options such as; scavenger hunts, nature crafts, WILD at the Preserve curriculum activities, nature-themed books, a sensory bin, and occasional visitors from the community to share ways in which we all work together to encourage the next generation to love and care for our natural spaces.

  11. Spring Break Mini-Camps

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    Each mini-camp explores a different topic, a hike on the sanctuary, and more. On Tuesday, March 12, journey through our Solar System and beyond! On Wednesday, March 13, find out how fossils are formed and learn about some of the fossils that can be found in our area. On Thursday, March 14, we’ll use the GeoGlobe to take a look at plate boundaries & movements and the geological processes that create volcanoes and earthquakes. **Hands-on volcano activity involved!!** On Friday, March 15, get a behind-the-scenes look at our exhibit and education animals. Learn about what it takes to care for them.

  12. Owl Prowl

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    Join us for our annual fan-favorite Owl Prowl. This year’s presentation features the Heard’s screech owls, Pudge and Poe. Discover the answer to some commonly asked questions: Can they turn their head all around? How far away can they hear a pin drop? We’ll also talk about which owls make North Texas their home and how to identify them. After a live owl presentation, take a guided hike on the sanctuary and discover if any owls are out and about.

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