The New York Times’ recent article, The Claim: Exposure to Plants and Parks Can Boost Immunity, gives some good advice: get outside and bathe yourself in the benefits provided by plants and trees…and forests!
With summer finally arriving and the sun gracing our skies in the Northwest, there’s even more opportunity to get outside and seek some shade, marvel at some of the wildflowers, and take a nap under a tree. A few of my favorite stress-releasing parks are the Washington Park Arboretum, Lincoln Park in West Seattle, and Hartman Park in Redmond. The Arboretum has miles of trails to explore and countless trees and shrubs to connect with your inner tree identification geek, you can stroll along the water and through the forest at Lincoln Park for hours (and even take a swim in the heated saltwater pool), and Hartman Park has one of the most scenic soccer fields around.
After you take your daily dose of forest benefits, take a peek at a new website and fantastic resource for learning more about the many, many benefits of our urban forests: Green Cities: Good Health. It’s the latest effort from Kathy Wolf and is chock-full of great information.
Now, go outside and soak in the trees!