The National Nature Sacred Award Program

An integrated research and design initiative to provide evidence of the human benefits of nearby nature experience in cities.

The Green Road

An unprecedented number of service members and veterans are surviving severe wounds or injuries, as well as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Could nature help heal them?

The Green Road Project will provide an oasis of encounter with the healing powers of nature for ‘Wounded Warriors’ and their families receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by enhancing an existing natural area through the center of the Naval Support Activity Bethesda campus.

A Greenspace a Day

Evidence suggests a link between being exposed to nature and having a healthy immune system, which protects the body against disease. Further research is needed to find out how and why.

Research will study existing Open Spaces Sacred Places to examine their impacts on immune system, health, and productivity, across different greenspaces and different populations. A collection of the TKF Foundation’s mid-Atlantic regional sites will maximize stress relief and exposure to nature, and then measure health outcomes of visitors.

Butterfly Garden & Overlook

Resilience is about how quickly and fully a community can bounce back to the quality of life they had before an emergency event or other stressor.

The Landscapes of Resilience project suggests that green spaces can contribute to community resilience and can support recovery. Two Open Spaces Sacred Places will be created, one in Joplin, MO, and one in Queens, NY.

Beach 41st Street Houses

Resilience is about how quickly and fully a community can bounce back to the quality of life they had before an emergency event or other stressor.

The Landscapes of Resilience project suggests that green spaces can contribute to community resilience and can support recovery. Two Open Spaces Sacred Places will be created, one in Joplin, MO, and one in Queens, NY.

Mechanisms and Design Elements

A growing body of research has revealed the connection between exposure to green spaces and better health outcomes. We need more data on how to create healthy refuges in urban settings.

Tools derived from computer vision and statistics will be applied to the design of urban parks to better improve the human health benefits of exposure to urban nature.

Naval Cemetery Landscape

Human health and the environmental health are inexorably linked. Immersion in nature can provide the experience of a ‘getaway from normal life,’ relieve stress and help restore attention.

The Naval Cemetery Landscape will create a restorative landscape where visitors may engage in contemplation and reflection in an industrial neighborhood.

A Nature Place

Hospitals have the expertise and technology to fully care for patient’s physical and medical needs—yet hospitals can also be high-stress environments.

Legacy Health, an expert in the development of healing gardens in health care settings, will create a garden at The Family Birth Center and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in Portland and study its impact.

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We are a private nonprofit that supports, informs, and inspires the creation of publicly accessible urban green spaces. We believe that every city resident needs nearby green space to provide opportunities for mindfulness, respite, and renewal. The Foundation has issued its final grants to build five Open Spaces Sacred Places and research the impacts on a variety of users with the hope that the powerful connection between nature, spirit and human wellbeing will be scientifically proven.

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