A couple of weeks ago, I presented at the Ontario Forestry Association's Annual Conference.
Intrinsically, most people know that they feel better in a natural setting, whether that’s in the woods, on the beach, or on a mountaintop. That’s why so many people gravitate to nature to relax and take a break from their daily routine. Even still, many people find it difficult to find the motivation, time and resources to get outside. In Richard Louv’s words, many of us are suffering from “nature deficit disorder”. Thankfully, for those who want scientific evidence to prove the importance of taking a walk in the woods, many studies have been conducted showing how contact with nature is beneficial to health, even in the absence of exercise.