Wild minds: integrating nature into daily life

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Many people do not know the impacts that nature has on your body and mind. Going into nature relieves stress, depression, and anxiety. Entering wilderness, even for five minutes a day, has significant mental health impacts. Wild Minds is a wilderness program on campus that emphasizes mental health in relation to nature. This presentation consists of a description of the program, the seven meetings during spring semester (which include hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, art in nature, meditation, and bird watching, with others depending on weather) and the wilderness trip to the BWCA after school is over. During the presentation, I explain how improved mental health can be capitalized from interactions with nature.