This paper and the accompanying video focus on the many benefits of participating in outdoor activities. Outdoor activities have a significant impact on individuals' overall health and well-being. The outdoor activities in this paper are limited to activities that can be performed at Mahr Park Arboretum, which is the focus of my creative project. Mahr Park Arboretum is a city park located in Madisonville, KY. A brief overview of Mahr Park Arboretum will be included in the paper. The outdoor activities examined throughout the paper include hiking, forest bathing, walking, outdoor play, bicycling, and gardening. These activities have been proven to lead to increased health and well-being for the participants by numerous studies and various pieces of research. Involvement in outdoor activities, both passive and active, have been linked to improved physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and developmental health and can improve the quality of life of all individuals. Mahr Park Arboretum offers recreational activities to the community that honor the land and the Mahr legacy.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2022

Senior Project Advisor

Professor Steve Dublin

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Commerce & Leadership

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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