Nearly 40 years of scientific research demonstrates that the experience of nature in cities contributes to our health and wellness. Having nearby nature in the vicinity of one’s everyday life – whether during your commute, taking a walk through the neighborhood, or at your child’s school –is now recognized to have important, yet often overlooked, positive effects on health. You don’t have to travel out beyond the city to gain nature-based benefits; nearby parks, trees, and gardens can improve everyone’s quality of life and wellness.