Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, have determined the distribution of native and exotic birds differed in four general types of urban habitats.
People who walk for health may prefer different features in the environment than do those who commute by foot.
The aim of a healing garden is to provide a place of respite and renewal. Yet such a goal has to include the different needs of patients, visitors, and staff. An evaluation of how three healing gardens at a pediatric cancer center were used and appreciated provides insight into maximizing the use of healing gardens for these diverse populations.
Although studies have shown how neighborhood features can affect the activity of adults, less is known about how these features might affect young adults. Researchers studied the physical activity of Boy Scouts (10–14 years of age) around their Houston homes.
'Green nature' may be sought more often than 'natural water' when experiencing negative moods.
The ability of elderly people to concentrate is improved by visits outdoors, although visits outdoors do not seem to influence blood pressure or heart rates.
People who visit woodlands more frequently as children are more apt to visit woodland spaces as adults.
How people perceive a landscape may affect its ecological integrity. An attractive landscape may encourage people to protect it, rather than try to modify it. So, what makes a landscape attractive? Researchers looking at Minnesota wetlands found answers to this question from visitors and neighbors to six wetland properties.
Researchers asked people to identify what settings they favored for restoration, the preferred social context, and how a limited time budget affected restoration experiences. Another study investigated how being with others affected restorative experiences.
There is a great obstacle for children of all abilities reaching their objective of engaged play. It is an element within the playground under the exclusive control of adults – surfacing!