Spring Into Nature

RECEIVED Tue., May 4, 2021

Dear Editor,
    Spring is well underway in Texas, and students across the state have excitedly embraced outdoor spaces on the weekends. However, the University of Virginia has found a way for students to embrace nature and receive course credit. A recent article in the school’s paper highlighted this course: “Engaging With Nature for Health and Well-being.
    Numerous studies have established the positive affect nature engagement can have on physical and mental health. UVA established this new, one-hour course to teach students how to incorporate nature into their lives. The class has proven to be a big success at UVA. Especially during the pandemic, outdoor spaces where students can interact are extremely valuable. Nature across our city can help relieve stress and reduce hyper-tension.
    Austin schools, from elementary to higher-education, are in a position to explore nature-based classes as well. With so many beautiful green spaces, why not provide opportunities for students to learn in those spaces? Projects such as this also create a stronger sense of community, something that has been difficult since the pandemic began. Our lives and nature should not be separate, and UVA’s new course provides an inspiring example of how institutions can break down these barriers.
Logan Robichaud
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