Supporting your Wellness with Nature

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

Written by Isidora Nezic, Wellness@Work Advisor

Arial view of the Arboretum at the University of Guelph in September. Mostly green trees, but some are beginning to change colour.

It is no surprise that time spent in nature reduces stress and promotes wellness. Mathew White and his colleagues conducted a study with almost 20 000 participants and found that spending 2 hours a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing. Whether this is time spent alone or with family, the Arboretum has a variety of options to engage with nature.

This can include: 

  • Walking the trails of the Arboretum by following their map or joining a tour they might be hosting. 
  • Explore the biodiversity of plants and trees in the Arboretum. 
  • Go geocaching.
  • Join the Wednesday Walks program. These are currently held virtually. 
  • Spend time time with your children and teach them about the various biodiversity that the Arboretum holds. The Arboretums Activity Book for Young Naturalists is a fun engaging booklet that children can use to connect with and understand what they see in nature. 




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