The crisp scent of pine. A rush of wind blowing against your skin. A bird’s song traveling from a nearby tree. An orange
sunset dipping under the horizon. For many of us, the outdoors is a haven, a safe space separate from the hustle and
bustle of our daily lives.
Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to being outside. Apart from providing various opportunities for
physical activity, nature can improve our mental well-being as well. Most notably, spending time in green areas can
lower stress and even reduce anxiety and depression. Additionally, greater access to the outdoors has been correlated
with stronger relationships within communities.
To celebrate National Great Outdoors Month, our residents shared how they value our natural world and the ways they
take advantage of its many benefits.
We hope you find time this month to enjoy the outdoors wherever you live. We know we will!