About PERL

To learn more, check out this presentation by PERL director, Dorothy Ibes.

The Parks & Ecotherapy Research Lab (PERL) (formerly "Parks Research Lab") is directed by Dr. Dorothy Ibes, under the Environmental Science & Policy program at William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.

PERL's mission is to cultivate nature-connected communities that foster mental health, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. We do this primarily by:

  1. Conducting interdisciplinary, use-inspired research that enhances understanding of the connection between mental health and nature engagement;

  2. Applying current research to inclusive campus projects and programming that support diverse students in:

          1. Spending more time engaging with nature, both indoors and out, and

          2. Developing a meaningful relationship with the natural world.

  3. Training the next generation of diverse greenspace and ecotherapy practitioners, researchers, and advocates.

PERL research and projects are supported by the hard work of the PERL team and have been funded by the William & Mary Environmental Science & Policy program, the Committee on Sustainability Green Fees program, the Center for Geospatial Analysis, and The Charles Center.Web design by Dorothy Ibes © 2021