Our Approach

Sowing the seeds for a deeper understanding of the power of nature as a healing space for individuals and communities

Additional Features



A place of respite that invites one to pause and reflect. More than just a place to sit, the presence of a Bench in an Open Space Sacred Place is an invitation to pause on one’s journey – to sit, to rest, to breathe, to be present, to experience all the gifts that an Open Space Sacred Place has to offer. Each garden that TKF helps to create includes an iconic bench. In partnership with the Maryland Correctional Enterprises, TKF benches are built by inmates who are learning fine carpentry skills to help them secure profitable and rewarding employment upon release from the Western Correctional Institution in Lavale, Md. The benches are made from reclaimed pickle barrel wood that is more than 100 years old. They are an integral part of a sacred place.



A specially created waterproof, blank book and pen combination – located beneath the bench – that invites visitors to an Open Space Sacred Place to articulate their experience. Visitors share words or images of the experience of being in a sacred place. More than a simple diary, record, or log of daily events, a Journal is a collection of inspiring thoughts and reflections that attest to our need for opportunities to connect with each other and be in nature.



An individual compelled to share their vision of the healing power of nature. More than a caretaker, a Firesoul is a person driven by a passion for creating, maintaining and sharing the healing gifts of Open Spaces Sacred Places with others.

  • Press Releases

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Friends of the Green Road is seeking volunteers to help with outdoor projects at the Green Road site in Bethesda, MD. Information available on their webpage (click here) or by email at volunteer@tiih.org

  • Upcoming Events

    Watch this space to for upcoming urban nature and related presentations given by members of our teams, OSSP sites, or associated organizations.

  • Follow Us on Twitter

  • Connect with us

    twitter facebooklinkedin
  • #Benchstories

    BenchStories_MtWashington.jpg BenchStories.jpg BenchStories_ThanksgivingPlace.jpg BenchStories_WaterworksPark BenchStories_AAMC BenchStories_MeritimeMuseum
  • NatureSacred.org

    TKF Foundation

    410 Severn Avenue,
    Suite 216
    Annapolis, MD

    Tel: 410.268.1376

    Contact Us

    About Us

    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.

    Connect with Us