Final Summary: Campus Greenspaces and Future Research

In the last few weeks of the summer, Darrien and I zeroed in on greenspaces near the William & Mary campus. Specifically, I worked on a map of campus greenspaces, which will soon be promoted to students. The purpose of the website is to increase student knowledge of greenspaces around campus that they can visit for different activities. There are categories for Relax, Run/Hike, Sport, Socialize, Study, Eat, Bike, and Explore. Many of the greenspaces, such as the Sunken Garden, fall under several of these categories. Students can search by greenspace name, category, tag (such as hammock, benches, or quiet), or general location.

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ParkRx: Prescribing Outdoor Parks for Mental Health

Professor Dorothy Ibes, our research advisor, has been working to create a database of parks in the Greater Williamsburg Area that can be prescribed to patients by medical professionals and psychologists. There is substantial ecotherapy evidence supporting the hypothesis that spending time outdoors can be healing and that the outdoors are an untapped medical resource. The hope is that getting the medical community involved in encouraging people to spend time outside can increase awareness of the benefits of outdoor time on mental and physical health and start a movement within the broader medical community to include nature in treatment plans for patients.

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