See the Difference a Dose of Time Outdoors in Nature (ParkRx) Can Do for You

Did you know that spending time in nature—a park prescription (ParkRx) —can make you smarter, stronger, healthier, and happier? If you’re feeling tired or under the weather, go outdoors and start feeling better! Look through the gallery to see what a difference time outdoors can make, then take a trip outside to benefit from time in nature!

Be sure to post your own photos to show how a dose of nature improves your health and wellbeing using #BeforeandAfterParkRx (How you feel before and after giving yourself a park prescription) on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to join in on the fun! We challenge you to post your best #BeforeandAfterParkRx photos- the photos with the most likes will be featured on this page!

Park Prescriptions (ParkRx) is a growing movement among healthcare providers and parks where doctors refer their patients to parks for their physical and mental health.

Park prescriptions are recognized by the NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People program as a promising practice for expansion nationally. For more information about the benefits of ParkRx visit the ParkRx Day homepage.

 
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Before ParkRx at Richmond National Battlefield Park
Credit: NPS Photo

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After ParkRx at Richmond National Battlefield Park
Credit: NPS Photo

 
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Geisinger Health System Team Before ParkRx

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Geisinger Health System Team After ParkRx

 
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Before ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

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After ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

 
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Before ParkRx at Big Thicket National Preserve
Credit: NPS Photo

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After ParkRx at Big Thicket National Preserve
Credit: NPS Photo

 
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Dr. Zarr Before ParkRx

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Dr. Zarr After ParkRx

 
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Community Volunteer Ambassadors at the C&O Canal Before ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

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Community Volunteer Ambassadors at the C&O Canal After ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

 
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Before ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

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After ParkRx
Credit: NPS photo

Last updated: April 9, 2021