Your Brain on Trees
Ever sit under a grand old tree and sense its presence? Have you gone to the woods to clear your head and re-find inner calm? In his “biophilia hypothesis,” evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson proposes that humans have evolutionary biological and psychological needs attached with the natural world. Some social ecologists believe that a possible effect of environmental destruction will be decreased psychological and spiritual well-being. Join UI arborist Andy Dahl for an introduction to several notable trees on the UI Pentacrest, as Naomi Greyser shares her research on emotions, and Zac Wedemyer, founder of Taproot Nature Exerience, shares his experiences taking kids into natural spaces.
We'll meet on the front (east-facing) steps of the Old Capitol Museum.
Free and open to the public. Rain or shine. (Thunderstorm location: Obermann Center, 111 Church St.)