Returning to Nature
Photo Courtesy of Deer Run Camp and Retreats

Returning to Nature

Researchers from the University of Vermont surveyed participants to examine how the pandemic has impacted their relationship with nature. ”In the study, the respondents said they had increased participation in several outdoor activities during the pandemic, including:

  • Walking — up 70%
  • Wildlife watching — up 64%
  • Relaxing outside alone — up 58%
  • Taking photos and creating art — up 54%”

Researchers also polled participants, asking what benefits they received as a result of being outside. “Nearly 60% experienced improved mental health and well-being after being outdoors, 29% expressed appreciation of nature’s beauty and 22% expressed feeling a connection to something bigger than themselves.“