HPHP: Bay Area program at Presidio in San Francisco, photo courtesy of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

What Are Park Prescriptions?

The Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area collaborative is proud to take part in the Park Prescriptions movement in our region. Park Prescriptions programs are programs created to strengthen the connection between health care, parks, and public lands to improve the physical and mental health of individuals and communities. Park Prescription programs are part of a national movement that is spearheaded by the National ParkRx Initiative. The initiative involves a collaboration of national partners and subject matter experts to advance the movement and create awareness among various audiences—including park and health professionals.

The Benefits of Nature

Within medical and academic circles there are many studies that positively correlate time spent in nature with an individual’s well-being. These benefits can be seen both physically and mentally.


Mental Health Benefits