Resources to practice and learn more about ecotherapy on the William & Mary campus and beyond
Campus Greenspace Map
Explore the W&M Campus Greenspace Map and App. We recommend staring with the "Tree Tour" or "Bird" maps for some fun, outdoor learning adventures.
Train as a PERL "Campus Park Rx" Ambassador
Are you a student at William & Mary who wants to help fellow students find restorative local outdoor spaces to enjoy? You can be trained as a Campus Park Rx Peer Park Ambassador during a 1-hour session during which you will learn more about the program, train to use our signature park database, and sign up for campus tabling events during the school year. The total time commitment is 5+ hours a semester. Contact us to set up a training.
Campus Clubs & Organizations
Bird Club of William & Mary: Bird Club of William & Mary (BCWM) holds student-led bird walks on campus and goes on field trips to various sites in Virginia to see birds. Any level of experience is welcome, from complete novice to expert. BCWM provides binoculars and guidance on walks.
Botany Club at W&M: A group whose purpose is to increase the academic and practical knowledge of the participants with regards to all forms of botanical life, to provide a forum for the discussion of and care for all manner of plants, and to assist the W&M community as well as the greater Williamsburg community with landscaping and other horticultural needs.
Tribe Adventure Program: Campus Recreation operates the Tribe Adventure Program (TAP), which promotes health and wellness and the sustainable use of our environment.
Matoaka Boathouse: Rent a kayak or canoe free with your student ID!
Wellness Center: Health & Wellness is made up of four departments - Campus Recreation, Counseling Center, Health Promotion and the Student Health Center. The departments are committed to optimizing the well-being of our community. We strive to promote flourishing and resilience through education, service and support.
Greenhouse, Herbarium, & Wildflower Refuge: Tours of the greenhouse, herbarium, wildflower refuge, and other features on campus can be taken only by prior arrangement with Biology Department staff. For greenhouse tours, please contact Patty White-Jackson, Greenhouse Manager. For herbarium and wildflower refuge tours, please contact Beth Chambers, Herbarium Curator.
Campus Tree Tour
Have you heard that William & Mary is an "arboreal landmark, boasting noteworthy tree specimens from across the world"? (source). If you would like to learn more about the hundreds of tree and shrub species on campus-- including two majestic dawn redwoods, two geographically-misplaced windmill palm trees (maintained by underground steam tunnels), and a magical white mulberry-- check out the PERL campus tree tour on the Campus Greenspace Map and App, or follow our events on Facebook to attend a scheduled tour, guided by a PERL team member (temporarily on hold due to Covid ).
Also check out the Campus Tour of Woody Species, created by the W&M Biology department.
Campus Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a fun outdoor activity on campus? Complete the PERL Campus Scavenger Hunt.
Are you a W&M student interested in joining the Parks Research Lab?
PERL recruits W&M students to our team each Fall and Spring. Applications are taken on a rolling basis and are reviewed 4-6 weeks before the start of each semester. Fill out the PERL Team Application today!
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