The Parks Research Lab (PRL) at William & Mary aims to increase understanding of the contribution of nature engagement to health, well-being, and human flourishing through 'nearby nature' research and initiatives, while facilitating nature connection on campus and in our community.
On the William & Mary campus, PRL programs 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.
Student researchers and interns from William & Mary are the creative, driving force behind PRL operations. Since 2013, Dr. Ibes has advised over 30 undergraduate students in the Parks Lab from Environmental Science & Policy, Biology, Geology, Public Health, Psychology, Neuroscience, Government, Film & Media Studies, and more. Check out our current projects here.
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.