34th Annual Smith Nature Symposium

Garden Party and Keynote Address

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods Presents: The Nature Fix:
Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, And More Creative

with Florence Williams

Saturday, May 20

5:30 - 9 p.m.

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

From forest trails in Korea, to islands in Finland, to groves of eucalyptus in California, Williams investigates the science at the confluence of environment, mood, health, and creativity. Delving into completely new research, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever.

In her keynote address, Florence will present material from her new book (The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative) about the science behind why access to nature and green space is essential for human health. Partly drawing from assignments for National Geographic and Outside magazines, Florence will explore how different countries are medicalizing nature and why everyone from schoolchildren to veterans of war to the urban poor can benefit.

Read more about Florence Williams here. Registration for this program is not yet available. Contact us to be notified when registration becomes available.

Join us for the Garden Party!
New Year - New Smith!

Before Florence Williams’ Keynote Address, guests of the 2017 Smith Nature Symposium will be treated to a party held in Brushwood Center's award winning native garden. Enjoy music, food and drink as you take in the beauty of Ryerson Woods and chat with friends as the sun sets behind you. The Smith Nature Symposium is an annual benefit for Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. For more than 30 years, the symposium has been an occasion to celebrate and spend the evening with luminaries who have made a meaningful contribution to the science of conservation or deepened our understanding of the natural world. We look forward to your joining us for this landmark this year!