Nature-Based Therapeutics

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Nature's way of healing

Nature-Based Therapeutics programming involves professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.

Each participant's goals are different

This process starts with a consultation to design a custom program to meet the needs/strengths of your group. Direct service programs and training sessions are available at the Arboretum or at sites in the community.

Nature-Based Therapeutics is a collaborative program between the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.

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Nature-Based Therapeutics services provide individual and group programming to improve wellbeing in 5 key areas:

  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Physical
  • Spiritual

What we address

  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Health Care/ Care Provider Compassion Fatigue
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • Anxiety/Chronic Stress
  • Perfectionism
  • Self-worth
  • Depression
  • Disconnection from Natural World
  • Fine/Gross Motor Deficits
  • Trauma and Intergenerational Acute Distress
  • Self-Regulation
  • Lack of Purpose and/or Coping Skills
  • Attachment/Relational Disorders
    • Lack of Secure Attachment/Safe or Stable Relationships
    • Lack of Access to Animals and Other Nature-Based Resources
    • Lack of Advocacy

Focus areas

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Eating Disorders
  • Severe/Persistent Mental Health Conditions
  • Emotional/Behavioral
  • Chemical Health Issues
  • Disorders
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Parkinson's/Movement Disorders

What we deliver

Services (including therapeutic horticulture, green exercise, therapeutic landscape design, and animal-assisted interventions) provide opportunities for people to explore mind, body and spirit through plants and animals.

Where we provide services

Services are offered at your site, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or at other community-based facilities in the Twin Cities metro area.

What is the experience like?

  • Experiential 
  • Playful
  • Collaborative 
  • Transformational
  • Gratifying
  • Safe
  • Encouraging
  • Respectful
  • Compassionate
  • Dignifying
  • Supportive
  • Creative

Program outcomes

  • Happiness
  • Vibrancy
  • Wonderment/Awe
  • Joy
  • Connection
  • Resiliency
  • Curiosity
  • Self-Reliance
  • Integration
  • Sensory
  • Purposeful
  • Relief
  • Restorative
  • Supported
  • Engaged
  • Regulated
  • Motivated

Who We Are...

Nature-Based Therapeutics facilitators follow guidelines and policies set forth by internationally recognized organizations such as American Horticultural Therapy Association, National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification, PATH International and Pet Partners.