Mission Statement | Reclaiming Nature


We aim to reduce embodied stress through academic-community partnerships to Reclaim Nature for Healing. The benefits of physical activity in nature are well-documented in some communities, but remain significantly understudied in poor communities of color that are heavily burdened by health disparities. These disparities are linked to acute and chronic stress that give rise to higher rates of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney diseases, as well as greater death from COVID-19. In effect, the excess stress found in poor communities of color is embodied in the bodies and minds of community members, and we aim to reduce it through multi-level efforts (e.g., individual, interpersonal, and community-level). These efforts are enabled by a strong partnership between insider science trainees and researchers who come from the communities we aim to serve, nature outreach specialists, and local community leaders.