Nature and Health Laboratory

Nature and Health Laboratory


We study the impact of nature on people and the impact of people on nature. Much of our current nature and health research focuses on how nature contact in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities impacts daily stress, health, and well-being. We also explore sustainability behaviors to learn how to best protect nature and environmental resources.

Photo: Nature contact at school: The impact of an outdoor classroom on children’s well-being. International Journal of Environmental Health Research

Lead researcher Dr. Erin Largo-Wight talks about nature contact and flowers impact on your well-being

Dr. Erin Largo-Wight and public health team conducted a study that indicates that simple nature exposures can reduce stress