Research shows that spending time in nature is linked with decreased anxiety, increased attention, improved focus and lower levels of cortisol and blood pressure. A park visit can also become a gateway to participation in other recreation activities. Although the concept of healthcare professionals prescribing visits to parks is relatively new, experimentation is occurring at park agencies around the nation. Learn the essential ingredients of a successful Park Rx program developed by Dr. Robert Zarr, former advisor to the National Park Service on park prescriptions.
John Henderson, Executive Director of Park Rx America, is a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive, attorney, and city planner with over 25 years of experience in parks and recreation. John has been an instructor at the Park and Recreation Directors School and Chair of the Commision for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies.