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2018 Nature and Health Symposium

This annual one-day symposium, held in the fall, brings together professionals and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, and education to learn from each other and explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wildlands.

2018 Northwest Nature and Health Symposium

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
University of Washington, Seattle


This all-day symposium will bring together professionals and community leaders to explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of contact with nature, from indoor settings to wildlands. At the intersection of contemporary thinking in healthcare, education, design, planning, and conservation is a growing recognition that human well-being is interdependent with the natural world: in addition to food, medicine, and materials, our mental, physical, social, and spiritual health improves by spending time in natural places. Join us to learn about the latest innovations in research, policy, design, and practice; discuss common challenges; and identify shared opportunities to collectively and equitably expand the potential of nature to improve our health.

This year’s symposium will include an afternoon workshop to begin scoping the information and research needs of communities and professionals who are striving to implement the health benefits of nature directly in their work.

Agenda for 2018 NW Nature and Health Symposium


Theresa Maresca | School of Medicine, University of Washington
Joshua Brandon | University of Washington/Outdoor Consulting
Jeremy Grisham | Compass Health/formerly Veterans Conservation Corps
Pooja Tandon | University of Washington/Seattle Children’s

Nooshin Razani | Center for Nature and Health, University of California
Juan Martinez | Children & Nature Network
Richard Louv | Children & Nature Network
Scott Wyatt | NBBJ Design
Hanaa Hamdi | Trust for Public Land
Nalini Nadkarni | University of Utah
…and more to be announced soon!

Check out details from last year’s Nature and Health Symposium!

Evening Keynote Address

Doug Walker Lecture with Richard Louv
6:30 pm (doors, 6pm), Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Evening keynote requires separate registration from symposium.

Register for keynote at Benaroya

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