About PRL

What is the Parks Research Lab and what do they do? Watch this presentation by PRL director Dr. Dorothy Ibes, to learn more.


The Parks Research Lab (PRL) at William & Mary aims to increase understanding of the contribution of nature engagement to health and wellbeing through 'nearby nature' research and initiatives, while facilitating nature connection on campus and in our community.

At William & Mary, PRL programs inspire and support students in spending more time outdoors, connecting and engaging with the natural world. By nurturing a nature-connected community, PRL seeks to cultivate mental health on campus, as well as an appreciation for nature that inspires environmental stewardship.

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