Health Professionals

The San Diego Children and Nature (SDCaN) collaborative has initiated the NatureRx pilot project to impact children's health via nature experiences. With NatureRx, pediatric health providers (such as pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners) give "nature" prescriptions for kids and families to go outside in a natural setting for unstructured play or family walks. NatureRx is part of a new national awareness that health care providers can be health champions and encourage family experiences in nature.

Parents: Ask your health providers to get involved. Refer your provider to this Webpage. You can also give providers the contact information of NatureRx coordinator Jennifer Douglas, jennifercdouglas@yahoo.com , 858-344-5490.

Providers: See links and resources below. To get involved, please call, text or email NatureRx coordinator Jennifer Douglas, jennifercdouglas@yahoo.com , 858-344-5490. We want to hear from you and can adapt NatureRx to fit your needs.

Report on Nature Prescriptions (NatureRx) Pilot Project Report, with local pediatric health

NatureRx Prescription used by providers in the NatureRx project.

Children and Nature - Health Resources

  • NatureRx Prescription used by providers in the NatureRx project.
  • The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has a Children and Nature Initiative (http://www.neefusa.org/health/children_nature.htm) to educate pediatric health care providers (through “nature champions”) about prescribing outdoor activities and identifying local nature sites. Key points are outlined in their brochure.
  • Health Benefits to Children from Contact with the Outdoors and Nature, review of literature, assembled by the Children & Nature Network. 
  • The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder. This latest book by Children & Nature Network founder Richard Lou includes a chapter called "Vitamin N", on the health benefits of nature (http://richardlouv.com/books/).
  • In 2010, a Community Asset Inventory was completed by the San Diego Children & Nature Collaborative to describe opportunities in the San Diego health care sector to increase nature activities as part of children’s health services.  The most promising sectors are pediatric health, childhood obesity, and overall public health. Pediatricians and other health professionals already emphasize physical activity for children, and that can be expanded to spending time in nature.