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News and conversations about the growing evidence of the healing power of nature and green development in cities

“Don’t ever give up. Don’t ever give up.” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/13/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the UMMS-Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute, Kernan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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“In this space you receive the answers eventually…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

01/06/17 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at the University of Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. umd

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“May all who share the peace and serenity of this garden be well…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

12/30/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at A Nature Place, Legacy Emanual Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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Happy New Year from Nature Sacred

12/27/16 | View Comments

As 2016 comes to an end, we invite you to pause, breathe, and express thankfulness for what is positive in the life-world around you. We are thankful for plants which provide oxygen, shelter, and encourage positive thoughts. We are thankful for the wildflowers popping up through the cracks, the landscapers who install native plantings, and the urban planners who plan our cities for health.

As you spend the coming days with friends and family, visit one of these Nature Sacred sites, or a green space nearby where ever you are, for a moment of personal renewal and social connection. You can read more about these spaces and the emerging research findings on our awards page.

Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn, NY


 As one node of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative – a 14-mile commuting route for non-motorized transportation – the Naval Cemetery Landscape project provides restorative relief to individuals from the urban environment. Sited atop an old cemetery at the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, this new meadow will revitalize the native plant and pollinator populations in the region and attract other forms of life that depend on thriving numbers of these native inhabitants. It opened in summer 2016.

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“Our family will always remember this place…” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

12/23/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at The Green Road Project in Bethesda, Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places.

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2016 Nature Sacred Highlights

12/20/16 | View Comments

In 2016, Nature Sacred shared research findings and news about the health benefits of urban nearby nature. The most read and shared articles of 2016 covered Elder Health, Japanese gardens, and Where to Visit Open Spaces Sacred Places.

The Importance of Nature in Older Populations

We live in an aging population and readers are paying attention. Around 14% of the population of the United States is aged 65 years or older. By 2060, it is estimated that this number will double. As we live longer and elder populations rise, the benefits of living near green space become more and more apparent. At the same time, the number of people living in towns and cities hovers around 80% placing an even greater importance on both the availability of and easy access to urban parks and green space.

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“We are starting over. This is our new life….” #Benchstories #Naturesacred

12/16/16 | View Comments

Today’s Bench Story comes from the journal in the Open Spaces Sacred Places at Arc of Prince George’s County in Largo, Maryland. #Benchstories are collected from the journals found in all TKF Foundation Open Spaces Sacred Places. 

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Share your Secret Garden

12/13/16 | View Comments

The Secret Garden is a classic English children’s novel, published in 1911. It is a story of two children learning to love themselves and others, through the magic of a hidden English garden. The story reveals the human desire for exploration and possession of nature, but also our cycle of birth and rebirth. As the year comes to end, share what is precious and sacred with your friends and neighbors. Share your secret garden. 

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“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” -Burnett, The Secret Garden. Source.

Civic Sacred Spaces

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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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