What the research says
Nature helps us be active
Within parks, people tend to be more physically active - on tracks, playgrounds and at sports facilities. The many benefits of exercise and physical activity are now well documented. Regularly physical activity can help maintain healthy weight, reduce the risk of heart attack and more.
‘Green’ exercise – better for you than exercising in the gym
Numerous studies have found that exercising outside in a natural setting – ‘green’ exercise – is better than exercising indoors.Just five minutes of exercise in a park, working in a backyard garden, on a nature trail or other green space will benefit mental health.
Nature is great for kids
In natural environments, children use natural materials (flowers, sticks, stones etc) for long periods of imaginary play. Imaginary play has been shown to help children develop social and cognitive skills.
Nature helps with healthy ageing
As well as providing the opportunity for physical activity, contact with plants can be used therapeutically and helps people recover from the stress and strain of everyday living. Gardening has been found to strengthen muscles, improve mobility and flexibility, and can help reduce osteoporosis and even reduce the likelihood of dementia.
Nature helps our mental health
Contact with nature improves self-awareness, self esteem, self concept and positively effects mood. Contact with nature is effective in alleviating the symptoms of anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, tension, headaches and even indigestion.
Nature helps us heal
Studies have demonstrated that hospital patients recover more quickly when they can see trees from their windows.
Natural spaces help build strong communities
Joining a Park friends group has a double benefit – it helps the health of the park through the work achieved and helps participants build ties to the people and places locally.
Read the research
An independent review of international research by academics at Deakin University found over two hundred studies that showed contact with nature makes people physically and mentally healthier.
14 Nov 2013
During National Recycling Week, 11-17 November, Parks Victoria is highlighting the increasing use of recycling in its parks. A great example is the new play space being built at Brimbank Park which features a number of recycling aspects. In particular, the hundreds of special brick pavers that that were individually…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
7 Dec 2013 9:00am-12:00pm
Mountain bike race starting at Kurrajong Picnic Ground. Suitable for novice & junior MTB racers.
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress…
A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute t...A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and effort to the conservation of parks, gardens, rivers, caves and oceans around Victoria. We couldn’t do it without you. Happy International Volunteers Day.View post | Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12.03
Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was lik...Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was like in the field from ABC Rural | Bush Telegraph.Wildlife survey uncovers unique alpine creatureswww.abc.net.auCrayfish underneath alpine bogs, small mammals breeding themselves to death and native bees building a chimney can all be found in Australia's unique alpine environment.View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15.29
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 Decembe...If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 December then why not pack a picnic dinner, grab some chairs and bring the family to Days Mill Historic Farm, located at Days Road in Murchison, for a free movie night. Part of Activities in the Park, a series of free events that Parks Victoria runs in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council from November till March 2014, the entertainment starts at 7.30pm with the Christmas themed movie ELF starring Will Farrell. For more information: http://bit.ly/1jiyOpJ Hope to see you there - Ranger Drue!View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10.04
One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially...One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially launched last weekend. This 37km 3 day/2 nights walk links the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in the Alpine National Park. For further information visit our website: http://bit.ly/IHQaPaView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16.18
We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disab...We’re proud to be celebrating 21 years of International Day of People with Disability. Today Parks Victoria is at the 2013 Disability Sport and Recreation Festival @ Federation Square where an all terrain wheelchair will be on display and available for people to try. Festival information: http://bit.ly/19dKtP8 Further information about all-terrain wheelchairs: http://bit.ly/NYCsnHView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10.43