Saturday, October 6, 2018

HUMBER STUDENTS PLANTING IN SAM SMITH PARK

Elaine Belore, Social Sciences Instructor at Humber College South, was out with her students this week planting bird-friendly shrubs and trees in the Dogwood Thicket.  City of Toronto Parks staff provided the plants, planting tools and the know how. 
Elaine is very interested in "Nature Therapy Guiding", a new field of social sciences that promotes the idea that connection to nature has a major beneficial impact on our mental health, particularly for city dwellers.  Increased urbanization is associated with increased levels of mental illness, particularly anxiety and depression. There are many easily searched studies showing a relationship between nature exposure, relaxation, and well-being.

Thanks to you Elaine and to your eager students! 


 

2 comments:

ravynne40 said...

This is a great idea, and very wonderful that the students are eager to plant, thing is-they were planting everything in the dragonfly habitat..did anyone know about this? Was there any discussion as to where to put the new plants?...just curious

Terry Smith said...

I did not even know there was a "dragonfly habitat" anywhere in the park.
They were working with Parks staff who provided plants, tools etc. Not sure about how the location was selected.