McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
Spending time in nature can have a rejuvenating effect psychologically with studies consistently demonstrating nature’s role in reducing stress, boosting mood, raising energy and supporting relaxation.
The positive impacts of nature exposure on one’s well being goes beyond cognitive benefits; the physical health benefits are also vast demonstrating impacts on cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory and immune health outcomes.
Nature experiences are thought to have a casual relationship with learning acting through pathways that increase attention, reduce stress, improve self-discipline, promote engagement and enhance physical fitness.
Find information for educators and families outlining how and why to integrate nature into young people’s lives. Young adults can learn more about being a Natural Leader. Find infographics detailing health and academic benefits of nature and outdoor play for children.
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) shares research, articles and news segments where they explain associations between nature, greenspace and health.