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Forestry Professor Links Outdoor Recreation, Inner Benefit

Dennis F. Ringling, at a library forum on nature's healthful benefits The speaker, in an appropriately green shirt, facilitates a discussion among members of a breakout group Just inside windows that fittingly looked out on foothills hugging a springlike fall day, a Penn College forestry professor urged his audience to examine the connections between their lives and theriches that surround them. “Nature can be a favorite shade tree in your back yard or that little plaza outside this building. It can be Brandon Park or Central Park or those mountains out there,” Dennis F. Ringling said. “But however you define it, it’s an observable fact: The more vegetation you have around you, the more you’ll benefit.” Rather than strictly lecturethe Madigan Library gathering, Ringling who drew inspiration from Richard Louv’s “The Last Child in the Woods” encouraged attendees to form small groups and share their personal, beneficial experiences with outdoor recreation. “Let Nature Nurture Your Health,” the Fall 2010 Madigan Library Forum, was held from 3:30-4:30Thursday afternoonin the second-floor reading loft.

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