MDC offers new and free Nature Rx health series in Blue Springs in 2022

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Kansas City, Mo. – Science has shown that being outdoors in nature can provide health boosts. From the benefits of exercise to rejuvenating experiences for mind and body, nature can be a healer. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a free activity dubbed Nature Rx at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. The programs on Tuesdays and Saturdays will offer both weekday and weekend options for participants.

The first program in the series, Nature Rx: Chillin’ Stroll, will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Burr Oak Woods. This will be an outdoor hike through the winter woods to see wildlife as well as plants and trees in their dormant shapes. Lisa Richter, MDC naturalist, will lead the stroll and interpret the sights and sounds.

Through the year, the nature prescription series will explore the mind and body’s response to immersion in nature. Studies have shown that enjoyable nature experiences can reduce stress, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and provide other health benefits. Other activities and topics in 2022 will include hammock hikes, s’more night strolls, kayak paddling, outdoor yoga, and forest day spa.

This series is open to participants 18 and older. Registration is required. COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed. To register for the Jan. 18 Chillin’ Stroll, visit To register for the Jan. 22 Nature Rx event, visit

For more information about the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, visit