Discover Your Nature Rx

We believe in the therapeutic benefits of connecting with the natural world. Nature Rx is our invitation to students, faculty, staff, and the wider community to engage with nature to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase overall happiness.

How Does Nature Rx Work?

Research has consistently shown that spending time in nature can lead to significant health benefits. These include reduced anxiety, improved concentration, and even a boost to the immune system. Nature Rx encourages you to spend time outdoors, whether it's a serene walk through our gardens, a moment by the pond, or a walk on the trails of the Arboretum.

Your Personalized Nature Prescription

With the University of Michigan Nature Rx App, getting your dose of nature is easier than ever! Based on your location and preferences, the app suggests specific trails, gardens, and natural areas within MBGNA and the wider University area.

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Gardens at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Matthaei Botanical Gardens has diverse outdoor gardens to explore including a world-class bonsai collection, an extensive Michigan-native collection, a children's garden, and more. 

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Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Experience the natural world in any season in our indoor conservatory, where three distinct ecosystems bring an array of global flora to your fingertips.

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Nichols Arboretum

Nichols Arboretum has nearly 3.5 miles of scenic trails that weave through the stunning natural landscape. 

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