Campus Park Rx
Let us help you find your new BFF greenspace <3
In 2017, the PERL (formerly PRL) Park Rx program was recognized as an innovative best practice in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) report.
Campus Park Rx (Est. 2015) is a project of the Parks & Ecotherapy Research Lab (PERL) @ William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Campus Park Rx enhances health and well-being on the W&M campus by helping students find and enjoy local greenspace. Abundant scientific research demonstrates that access to and use of parks and other greenspace can play a significant role in the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression, obesity, and attention disorders.
The PERL team visited and rated over 150 parks in Virginia for access, safety, amenities, and supported activities, and organized this information in an online search tool. Trained Peer Park Ambassadors use our signature database of local parks to refer their fellow students the best outdoors spaces for their interests, needs, transportation options, and schedule. Students can receive a referral during the academic year via an online form, and at scheduled tabling events on campus.
Campus Park Rx is a member of the Campus Nature Rx Network. Check out campusnature.com for more!
William & Mary Students, find the park of your dreams!
During the academic year, fill out the short Campus Park Rx form to obtain a free e-Park Prescription!
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If you are a W&M student or local healthcare professional interested in becoming a Park Ambassador, email us at email@example.com to sign up for a training!
Hundred of parks to choose from...get a sneak peak at our park database!
PERL Park Ambassadors outside Swem Library provide "park prescriptions" to fellow students to promote health and wellbeing.