The Health & Nature Webinar Series

Health and Nature Webinar Series

SHIFT’s Health and Nature Webinar Series brings together innovators, opinion-leaders and researchers at the forefront of the health-and-nature movement to help advance our understanding of the public health benefits of time spent outside. Through brief webinar presentations, subject-matter experts share their perspectives and needs regarding investments in nature as a health-care intervention strategy. Overall, the series aims to stimulate cross-sectoral learning, contribute to the transdisciplinary advancement of the field, and promote broader mainstream adoption of the health benefits of contact with the natural world. The first chapter of the series defines the overarching scope of the Health & Nature space. The subsequent four chapters provide deeper exploration of the topic from the perspective of SHIFT’s stakeholder communities in Public Health, Land Management, Outdoor Recreation, and Conservation.

The webinars are held on select Tuesdays of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 AM MT.

Webinar schedule

Chapter 1: The Health & Nature Movement

Special Episodes:

  • March 18: Nature and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, MD, Ob/Gyn and Medical Director, Association of Forest Therapy and Guides
    • Morgan Green, MD, Pediatrician and Director of The Emerging Leaders Program
    • David Sabgir, MD, Founder, Walk with a Doc
  • April 7: Managing Parks and Recreation in a Covid-19 World 
    • Catherine Nagel, CEO, City Parks Alliance
    • Capt. Sara Newman, Director, Office of Public Health, U.S. National Park Service
    • Kevin Roth, PhD, Vice President of Research, National Recreation and Park Association

Chapter 2: Public Health: Nature as an Intervention Strategy

Chapter 3: Conservation: Public Health as an Ecosystem Service

  • May 26: Nature, Health and the Future of Environmental Leadership 
    • Florence Williams, author, The Nature Fix
    • Juan Lazo Bautista, Program and Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Leadership Program
    • Ciarra Greene, Native Environmental Science Faculty, Northwest Indian College – Nez Perce Site
    • Jess Johnson, Advocacy and Legislative Liaison, Wyoming Wildlife Federation
  • June 9: The Green Heart Project Register here
    • Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, Director, The Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute
    • Chris Chandler, Director of Urban Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
    • Joy Hart, PhD, Professor, University of Louisville Department of Communications
  • June 23: Urban Conservation Register here
    • Mickey Fearn, Professor of Practice, North Carolina State University
    • Alden Stoner, Executive Director, Nature Sacred

Chapter 4: Land Management: Land Use and Public Health

Chapter 5: Outdoor Recreation: The Health Benefits of Time Outside

For more information about the webinar, contact Christian Beckwith at


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