Horticulture Therapy

The School of the Future Has No Roof

By: Christina Hughey The school of the future has no roof. Many schools have incorporated an outdoor classroom, but now some schools (particularly preschools and kindergartens) are taking this concept a step further. Some school programs are now entirely outside. Rain or shine. These schools became...

Braille Trails and Accessible Outdoor Spaces

By: Christina Hughey Cispus Braille Trail   Most people enjoy going on a walk outside to relax, especially in the spring and fall season. Unfortunately, not every trail is accessible for everyone, often when thinking about accessibility people often think of accessibility for wheelchairs. More places need to...

Cities Connecting Children to Nature initiative

By: Christina Hughey If you haven’t heard yet St. Louis is a part of the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative. Just six cities were chosen to receive technical assistance as well as grants. St. Louis was chosen because the city expressed dedication and commitment for connecting children...

Supporting Watershed Nature Center

By: Christina Hughey The Watershed Nature Center in Edwardsville, Illinois is home to over 40 acres of prairie, forest, and wetland habitats. The center features paved walking trails, a raised marsh walk, and a welcome center. The Watershed is dedicated to providing environmental education, passive recreation,...

Rooftop Vegetable Gardens

By: Christina Hughey   Wholefoods Rooftop Garden in Lynnfield   With mass population growth, and the demand of city living it may soon be a challenge to get everyone food. The scientific community has been working to come up with a solution to deliver food to more people populated...

Designing for Trail Sustainability

By: Christina Hughey   Figure 1: Trail Sustainablity    Trails provide much more than hours of fun, trails help protect our environment. A trail built for sustainability reduces damage to plants, reduces disturbance to wildlife, reduces damage to soil and much more. A trail built right will last for...

A Visit to Shaw Nature Reserve

By: Christina Hughey I recently visited Shaw Nature Reserve located on the Meramec River, in Gray Summit. Although not everything was green yet, it was still quite beautiful! Shaw has many trails and provides many different hiking/walking opportunities. Shaw has a large prairie with a tepee...

Healing gardens for Veterans

By: Christina Hughey When returning from war, soldiers will have to adapt back to regular civilian life, it might be hard for some to adjust right away. In addition to the stress of adapting, some may have been wounded from the war physically and or mentally....

Outside Play Becoming Non Existent

By: Christina Hughey (source) Maybe one of the biggest concerns for children of this generation is the lack of time spent outdoors. Perhaps you have heard of the term Nature Deflect Disorder, this phrase came from the book Last Child in the Woods. Basically, describing the...

Healing Gardens for Mental Health/ Behavioral Health

By: Christina Hughey   One in four people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Mental illness has an attached stigma, therefore some people suffering with mental illness will not get help. Mental illness should not be thought of in a negative way, because it’s...