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120 minutes per week to improve your health through nature

By Berks Nature

Jul 22, 2020

All you need is 120 minutes per week to improve your health through nature!



What is Berks Nature Rx?

We have become so busy in our daily lives keeping up with work, school, sports and extracurricular activities that we sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses, literally. Stop to take a break in our own backyard, a forest, or local park. Or, focus time on our bodies and being active in the outdoors. Children are especially vulnerable to this and are not spending enough time outdoors. This new normal is taking a toll on the health of our community.

Berks County is fortunate to be home to an abundance of trails, parks, and open spaces that are FREE and accessible to the public. Nature is right here in front of us – and can serve as medicine. Nature is both preventative and therapeutic. We challenge Berks County to spend more time in nature – for physical and mental benefit – by participating in the Berks Nature Rx program.

Berks Nature Rx is an easy way to introduce (or re-introduce) nature into your routine weekly life. The Berks County Medical Society and Berks Nature believe that doctors, patients, and the community in general need to utilize the great outdoors to help prevent disease, and as a therapy for physical and mental challenges.

Berks Nature Rx program was initially funded in part by United Way of Berks County. We appreciate our current partners, Penn State Health and Berks County Medical Society, for helping us grow the Berks Nature Rx program.

Join our county-wide scavenger hunt on the GooseChase app!

  1. Download the GooseChase iOSor Android app.
  2. Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
  3. Simply search ‘Berks Nature Rx’ for a complete listing of our available games!
  4. Follow the prompts to select or create a player profile. If the player profile has an access code, you will need to enter it here.
  5. Start completing missions!

Upcoming Berks Nature Rx Events:


In-Person Nature Rx Meet-up at the Nature Play Zone

Friday, August 7th – 6PM

Location: The Nature Place (Nature Play Zone) – 575 St. Bernardine Street Reading, PA 19607

Join Berks Nature Staff members and other members of the community to spend time in our Nature Play Zone as part of our 120 minutes of outdoor time for our Berks Nature Rx Program!

FREE! No registration required.


In-Person Nature Rx Doctor Walk with Dr. David George

Wednesday, August 12th – 6PM

Location: Gring’s Mill (Tulpehocken Creek Trail) – 2083 Tulpehocken Rd, Reading, PA 19610

Note: This event takes place at Gring’s Mill NOT The Nature Place

Join Berks Nature Staff and Dr. David George, one of our Berks Nature Rx partner Doctors, for an outdoor walk/hike as part of our 120 minutes of outdoor time for our Berks Nature Rx Program! Be sure to sign-up for the Berks Nature Rx program prior to coming to win prizes for logging your outdoor time!

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