Parks Research Lab (PRL)

@ William & Mary

Helping you get your daily dose of nature

Recent Press 📣 🎉

RADIO: Listen to PRL Director, Dorothy Ibes, speak about urban parks and ecotherapy on public radio's "With Good Reason" (May 2021)

PODCAST: Check out the interview with PRL Director, Dorothy Ibes, on William & Mary's "Ways to Flourish" podcast.

Research on Mood and Campus Greenspace

PRL's director, Dorothy Ibes and Cathy Forestell (W&M Psychology), published a peer-reviewed article "The role of campus greenspace and meditation on college students’ mood" in April 2020 in the Journal of American College Health, demonstrating the mood-enhancing benefits of 20 minutes in a campus greenspace. Email dcibes@wm.edu for a full-text.

Film Release: "Nurture with Nature, A Story of Ecotherapy"

Check out the documentary short produced by PRL Director, Dorothy Ibes, and filmmaker Tanya Stadelmann. Stream @ nurturewithnaturefilm.com


Campus Greenspace Map

The W&M Campus Greenspace Map beta is live! Also find via the official William & Mary app

Are you a W&M Student interested in joining PRL?

PRL recruits W&M student interns and researchers each Fall and Spring. Applications are taken on a rolling basis and are reviewed 4-6 weeks before the start of each semester. Apply here!

Feature Story by Richard Louv: "Outdoors for All: Access to Nature is a Human Right"

"In May 2019, Richard Louv wrote a compelling cover story for Sierra Magazine, calling for recognition of nature as a basic human right for all people—and for recognition of the inherent rights of nature" (childrenandnature.org).

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