(1/2 course)

This course introduces students to the relationships among physical and mental well-being and spending time in nature. Students will read and discuss both historical evidence and contemporary scientific studies to better understand how spending time in nature can lower stress, and improve cognitive skills, relaxation and revitalization. Students will spend most periods walking and sitting in nearby woodlands and will learn techniques to assess their own physical and mental well-being. Students will complete a personal plan to achieve health and wellness.