Monday, April 22 at 8:00 am
Various Locations

In honor of Earth Day 2019, Department of Kinesiology Assistant Professors Shannon Jette and Jennifer D. Roberts, along with partners across the UMD campus invite you to the NatureRx @ UMD launch. With support from the University of Maryland School of Public Health, this day will be filled with activities that celebrate the beauty, bounty and splendor of our planet.

NatureRx @ UMD is a new and burgeoning movement, represented by numerous individuals and units within the University of Maryland College Park community, who have come together with a shared passion for the many ways in which the landscape of our campus arboretum and other recreation spaces can heal and preserve the health and well-being of every person.  Please join us as we launch this exciting and new campus organization.

Learn more about NatureRx @ UMD

NatureRx @ UMD Launch Date Events​ | Earth Day - Monday, April 22, 2019

  1. RecWell Yoga Led by Tammy Lee
    Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am
    Location: La Plata Turf
  1. Qi Gong Session Led by Patrick Smith
    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Locaton: Garden of Reflection and Remembrance -  Labyrinth

"Qi Gong is a system of movement designed to cultivate and stimulate the flow of our vital life energy or “Qi.” Combining gentle movements with attention to our bodies and breath, Qi Gong induces a state of relaxation and focus. Qi Gong forms have been practiced in China for thousands of years and are a vital part of traditional Chinese medicine. Practicing outside in nature is preferred, provided weather conditions are suitable. This aspect of Qi Gong practice lends support to the intent of the University of Maryland’s Nature Rx program.

I personally came to practice Qi Gong as part of treatment for a repetitive use injury related to playing guitar. Tendonitis in my left wrist became so intense that I had to stop playing for months. During this time, I was introduced to acupuncture and eventually learned that my acupuncturist Dr. Nianzu Li also taught Qi Gong. Under his guidance, I began a practice that has sustained me for the past 20 years. Part of this journey was to enroll in a teacher training program. I have been teaching Qi Gong with my wife, Joann Malone, since 2012, in conjunction with the recreation department of the city of Takoma Park. I have also taught Qi Gong on Guitar Craft Courses, Mindfulness retreats, and have given private lessons." 

— Patrick Smith

  1. Volunteer Event
    Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Location: UMD Community Learning Garden
  2. Climb and Clean
    Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: Behind the Eppley Recreation Center

NatureRx @ UMD Post-Launch Date Event | Saturday, April 27, 2019

  1. ParkRun
    Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Location: Acredale Community Park: 4200 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD 20740

    College Park parkrun is a free, timed 5K, offered every Saturday, year round, at 9:00 am. We welcome runners, joggers, walkers, people of all ages and abilities and even dogs (on a leash). Register just one time, print out your personal barcode, and then show up any Saturday: On April 27th, in honor of the recent kick-off of the Nature Rx @UMd program, we would be thrilled to welcome new participants from the UMD community, especially those who have not yet discovered the lovely Paint Branch Trail that runs from the back of the Varsity up to Cherry HIii. Come join us! 

NatureRX @ UMD Post-Launch Date Event | Sunday, April 28, 2019

  1. ParkRx Day – Wellness in the Woods
    Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: Watkins Regional Park: 301 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

    Wellness in the Woods is celebrated in honor of National Park Rx Day 
    National Park Rx Day is celebrated across the nation to promote the growing platform of prescribing parks to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness.

    It's true that spending time in nature is good for you! Come out and see how the Department of Parks and Recreation is creating healthy communities with people, parks and programs. Come Zen with us!