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05/19/2018 05:30 PM
05/19/2018 09:00 PM
Benefit Dinner and Keynote Address
The Smith Nature Symposium
The Smith Nature Symposium is an annual benefit for Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, and is an occasion to celebrate and spend the evening with luminaries who have made a meaningful contribution to the science of conservation and deepened our understanding of the natural world.
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods
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An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.
In her keynote address, Florence Williams presented material from her new book, The Nature Fix, about the science behind why access to nature and green space is essential for human health. Partly drawing from assignments for National Geographic and Outside magazines, she explored how different countries are medicalizing nature and why everyone from schoolchildren to veterans of war to the urban poor can benefit. Attendees heard elegant stories of lives being changed, health being restored, and the conquering of debilitating mental health disorders through mindfulness in nature.
Read more about Florence Williams here. Click here for past speakers and topics.