A wonderful side effect of this pandemic, believe it or not

According to a study from the University of Vermont published today by PLOS ONE, a staggering ” 26% of people visiting parks during early months of the COVID-19 pandemic had rarely – or never – visited nature in the previous year.”

Of course, the vast majority of people live in urban settings where parks are not nearly as plentiful as they can be, but still, it’s truly sad that 1 out of 4 people hadn’t visited a park in the preceding year.

So let’s just hope that the wonderful feeling most of these park-visiting newbies have received from their visits will carry over for many months and even better for years to come because it’s totally clear that visiting “nature” translates to health benefits, both near-term and long-term.

So long as you tread carefully, of course.