With support from the Provost’s office, Penn's Center for Public Health (CPH), Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), and other campus partners, Nature Rx at Penn is an initiative built around writing prescriptions to spend time out in nature. Since research has shown that time spent in nature can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, our hope is for Penn students, faculty, and staff to spend time outdoors in nature to reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy, and have protective, restorative time. This program is based on a successful model from Cornell University.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Prescriptions for nature? What does that mean?
While the idea is to give out "prescriptions," anyone can recommend nature to a friend or colleague. We have many campus partners that will be interacting with the Penn community who will be providing prescriptions as a reminder that spending time outside is a free and impactful way to feel relief.
- We are on an urban campus. How do I get to nature?
There are many great options to get to nature FAST on or near campus. Did you know that Penn's campus is an accredited arboretum? You are never far from green space. Check out our interactive map here to find some spots now! We have partner programs, like weekly wellness walks, that make it easier for you to join others outside.
- How can I get involved?
To get involved with Nature RX at Penn, email Moriah Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many ways to help us spread the word and be involved with the program!
Print a Nature RX Prescription!
Download the our prescription pad to share with anyone you know!