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Presentation and Discussion

Nature Engagement For Health: Enhanced Methods To Improve Connection And Reduce Stress for Individuals with Barriers to Nature Engagement

Dr. Erik Luvaas, CTRS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy
California State University, Sacramento

Using a series of effective primers developed during his extensive research, Dr.Luvaas will teach strategies to bring less connected groups of people back into connection with nature. After sharing the results of his research study, Dr. Luvaas invites the participants to a conversation about other barriers/challenges they have encountered and discuss strategies to reach more diverse groups.

In brief, I have worked as an outdoor educator and trip leader in a number of capacities for over 10 years. I have been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) for over 10 years and practiced full-time for 5 years, after which I began a PhD program in Recreation, Sport, & Tourism. My degrees are B.S. Recreational Therapy, M.A., Recreation Administration, Ph.D. Recreation, Sport, & Tourism (Dissertation: Nature Engagement for Health: Enhanced Methods to Improve Connection & Reduce Stress). I am currently Assistant Professor of Recreation Therapy at California State University, Sacramento. My research interests include identifying optimal forms of nature engagement to improve health and wellbeing, addressing social justice through nature engagement and access, and cultural differences around nature engagement.