Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Landscape Planning and Mental Health

1:15pm - 2:30pm
Room: Boger 112
Intermediate Level

Mental illness is on the rise. Perhaps most disturbing, it has been declared an epidemic by the American Association of Pediatricians. Most of the focus and funding is on much-needed increased services, but prevention is urgent. It is also a chance to achieve multiple goals. Research shows that time in nature benefits everyone, and that children who spend time in nature, particularly forests, have improved cognition, emotional regulation and life-long mindfulness. This workshop will share a historical perspective, recent research, and practical strategies for ensuring and integrating nature experiences, even in small “Community Wilds,” while also protecting clean water, mitigating climate change, and protecting biodiversity.


Dr. Susan Masino, Professor, Trinity College

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“More than any other, this event galvanizes and strengthens our conservation efforts in Connecticut. We’ve been looking forward to a return to CLCC’s in-person conference for three years. That day is finally here!”

- Stuart Winquist, President, Middlesex Land Trust

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