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Author Florence Williams Will Discuss the Power of Nearby Nature at the Planning Department on May 22

May 10, 2017

Author’s presentation will focus on the role of nature in our community to improve health, creativity and strengthen community relationships. 

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is partnering with Brookside Gardens in Wheaton to present a lecture by Washington, DC-based writer Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix.

The free event will be held on Monday, May 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).  The public is welcome to attend.

The presentation is titled “Nearby Nature and its Power: Providing Open Space to Improve Community Health and Well-Being.” Williams will draw on research from her book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative (W.W. Norton, 2017), to show how nature can improve health outcomes in our communities for people of all ages. In the book, she incorporates data, personal history and the power of storytelling to make a compelling and practical case for improving local access to nature.

A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, Williams focuses on issues related to the environment, health and science. She is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and a freelance writer for many newspapers and magazines.

Learn more about Williams and her book, The Nature Fix.