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2019 Northwest 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.

2019 Northwest Nature and Health Symposium

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

4249 Whitman Court
University of Washington, Seattle

Register for symposium

We invite and welcome you to the third annual all-day symposium. As professionals and community leaders we continue to explore our common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of contact with nature. We recognize that we must amplify access and equity in all that we do. In this spirit, our sessions bring an equity lens. This year our sessions focus on nature through decolonizing data, creating intentional community organizations, as a buffer against health disparities, and through history, culture, and therapy.

This year’s symposium will include a buffet lunch keynote with Dr. J. Drew Lanham and an afternoon interactive demonstration focused on horticultural therapy. Please stayed tuned for the full schedule.

More about Dr. Lanham:

Dr. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. His first solo work, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed 2016; Tantor Audio 2019). That book was awarded the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment in 2018. Drew is Poet Laureate of his Home Place county of Edgefield, SC and the author of Sparrow Envy – Poems. His essay “Forever Gone” (Orion Magazine 2018), laments the passage of the Carolina Parakeet, and the roles culture may have played in that demise. It was selected as an American Best Essay (by Rebecca Solnit) in 2019.



Thank you to our sponsors and co-sponsors for their support: