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Northwest Nature and Health Symposium
WhenWednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

This annual one-day symposium, held in the fall, brings together professionals and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, and education to learn from each other and explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wildlands.

This all-day symposium will bring together professionals and community leaders to explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of contact with nature, from indoor settings to wildlands. At the intersection of contemporary thinking in healthcare, education, design, planning, and conservation is a growing recognition that human well-being is interdependent with the natural world: in addition to food,

medicine, and materials, our mental, physical, social, and spiritual health improves by spending time in natural places. Join us to learn about the latest innovations in research, policy, design, and practice; discuss common challenges; and identify shared opportunities to collectively and equitably expand the potential of nature to improve our health.

This year’s symposium will include an afternoon workshop to begin scoping the information and research needs of communities and professionals who are striving to implement the health

benefits of nature directly in their work.


  • Theresa Maresca | School of Medicine, University of Washington
  • Joshua Brandon | University of Washington/Outdoor Consulting
  • Jeremy Grisham | Compass Health/formerly Veterans Conservation Corps
  • Pooja Tandon | University of Washington/Seattle Children’s
  • Nooshin Razani | Center for Nature and Health, University of California
  • Juan Martinez | Children & Nature Network
  • Richard Louv | Children & Nature Network
  • Scott Wyatt | NBBJ Design
  • Hanaa Hamdi | Trust for Public Land
  • Nalini Nadkarni | University of Utah
  • …and more!

Campus locationIntellectual House (INT)
Event sponsorsUW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, REI, Bullitt Foundation, UW EarthLab…
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