Social Cohesion

At a time when the polarization and fragmentation of society is of growing concern, we need to actively seek out ways to help build community — to strengthen human connections; to celebrate what is common among us. Our need to connect with one another is profound. When social bonds are severed or simply absent, we suffer. Society suffers. Nature has proven to be a powerful connector. In collective, open nature spaces is an opportunity to individually reflect and to be restored - and to connect and collectively find healing.  

  Research about Social Cohesion

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Introducing STEP into the Garden

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Even small urban green spaces can lower depression rates, new research confirms

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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

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Designer’s approach for scene selection in tests of preference and restoration along a continuum of natural to manmade environments

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Nature and the Environment: The Psychology of Its Benefits and Its Protection

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Preliminary Analysis of TKF “Book & Bench” texts

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Seeing the forest for the trees: hybridity and social-ecological symbols, rituals and resilience in post-disaster contexts

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Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

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Recognizing Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience

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Holistic Care in the US Military I—The Epidaurus Project

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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What exactly is a Firesoul?

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Research on the Beneficial Aspects of the Experience of Nature in Cities

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Reflect & Restore | Urban Green Space for Mental Wellness

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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The Benefits of Nearby Nature in Cities for Older Adults

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Nearby Nature for Human Health | Sites to Systems.

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The Sacred and Nearby in Nature and Cities.

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Baltimore prepares to meet national 10 minute walk campaign challenge

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Creativity blooms in Northeast Alabama

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Parents, communities take note: Teens need nature too.

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A DC Firesoul takes a trip down South

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At National League of Cities Conference, a budding interest in urban greenspaces

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What do we mean by “open”?

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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Disaster recovery and a nature fix

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, nature is helping wounded warriors heal from invisible wounds

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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

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  Case Studies about Social Cohesion

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Mount Washington Arboretum

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Kids on the Hill Sculpture Garden

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Garden of Peace and Rememberance

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Garden at Cedar Hill

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Amazing Port Street Sacred Commons

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ThanksGiving Place

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  More Resources about Social Cohesion

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Introducing STEP into the Garden

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Hurricane Healing Garden

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Butterfly Angels

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

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What exactly is a Firesoul?

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Baltimore prepares to meet national 10 minute walk campaign challenge

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Creativity blooms in Northeast Alabama

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A DC Firesoul takes a trip down South

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At National League of Cities Conference, a budding interest in urban greenspaces

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What do we mean by “open”?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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How nature helped one Rockaway community recover following Hurricane Sandy

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What makes great cities succeed?

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Riots, Respite and Renewal in West Baltimore

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Thanksgiving Agriculture

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Find Your Secret Garden, Down the Block

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National Park Service in Cities

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A Landscape of Resilience and Perseverance

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Community Engagement: Tips and Strategies

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Stewardship of Civic Sacred Space

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Urban Green Spaces: Bridging Differences

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Park(ing) Day: Temporary public space, lasting impression

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A City’s History and Future in Place

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Creating Place

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Social Capital and Placemaking: An Interview with Ethan Kent

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Nature and Cities: An Interview with Armando Carbonell

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Making Cities Livable: Q&A

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Creating Urban Density With Reflective Spaces: A Q&A With Green Developer Jonathan Rose

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Making Real, Large Changes in Your Community: A Q&A with Erin Barnes of ioby

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Health

Explore the many ways nature benefits health and wellbeing.

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Social cohesion

Discover how green spaces help build stronger communities.

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Disaster recovery

Find out how nature is being employed to help individuals and communities cope with tragedy.

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PTSD and Recovery

Learn about how nature is being drawn into new approaches to treating “invisible wounds”.

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Design & Restorative Places

Discover how purpose-built design is being used to encourage more meaningful nature experiences.

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Urban Resilience

Get informed of what experts are saying about the need for nature in sustainable cities.

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Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a vacant lot that’s just begging for green space. Or a neglected corner, ripe for a little pocket garden. Maybe you aren’t even sure yet—but you know your community could use some peace. Mindful reflection. Unity. Whatever the case, we’ve honed a method rooted in accessibility. These are small, often modest, green spaces meant to be folded into existing landscapes. See what we mean.

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