The conference will take place in the MacMillan Auditorium at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
A connection to nature is essential to human health and well-being. Nature Heals is a conversation about the neuroscience of human bonds with the natural world, including plant and animal interaction, and the ways that connecting with nature increase individual health and community well-being. Nature Heals will provide participants with new, research- based information to integrate into programming, policy-making, and fundraising in government, corporations, non-profits, social services, healthcare industry, community groups, faith-based organizations, schools and families.
Nature Heals will feature psychologist Elizabeth Nisbet and author Meg Olmert, Made for Each Other. On Thursday, they will engage in a discussion about their journeys to understand the health impact of nature on humans. On Friday, the University will roll out its new NBT offerings and the audience will engage with the authors in experiential interactions and conversation about how individual health and community well-being can increase through interaction with plants and animals.
As part of the Nature Heals event, we will feature two artistic performances (one dance and the other animated story-telling). Both are sure to unlock the imagination, engage the spirit, and rekindle the healing power of nature and our human connection to the natural world.
1. Education about the powerful role nature brings to individual health and community well-being
2. Provide empirical evidence into the bonds between people, plants and animals
3. Engage audience in experiential conversation
4. Disseminate scientific research to applied practice
5. Further the conversation in public policy dialogues
Continuing Education documentation will be provided.