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Berk’s Nature Rx

Local nonprofit organization Berks Nature has launched Berks Nature Rx, a new resource to help motivate people to spend more time outdoors for physical and mental wellbeing. People are encouraged to commit to spending at least 120 minutes outside each week—a doctor-recommended amount of time to reap the benefits of nature, and an achievable goal even during our busiest times. The 120 minutes could consist of visiting a park, walking a dog, hiking a trail, riding a bike or simply taking a break in nature.

“Spending time in nature isn’t a cure for everything that ails us, but it sure does offer some preventative and therapeutic benefits,” says Tami Shimp, vice president of development and community relations. “It is a medical fact that spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for us. Most people don’t realize all of the benefits that can be associated with spending at least 120 minutes outside weekly. The physical benefits are sometimes obvious, but the mental benefits are also extraordinary, especially for children.”

To sign up for the program and for more information, visit