Today L’Université dans la Nature has identified more than 1000 scientific studies and meta-analyses on the impact of nature in hospitals, companies, schools, workplaces, individual health and public health.

It shows that contact with nature reduces mortality, increases the immune system, memory, restores attention, repairs cognitive fatigue and stress, promotes productivity and creativity. A population that is in closer contact with nature is healthier both physically and mentally.

However, the Canadian and North American population is less and less in contact with nature: North Americans spend more than 90% of their time indoors and move away from the one who accompanied them during 99.6% of their historical development. 

We believe that it is urgent to reverse this trend, which is profoundly and lastingly affecting public and individual health.

It is essential to implement in Canadian society, which has more abundant nature than many others, the reflex of using nature as a preventive public health tool. Research indicates that a rapprochement with nature in many sectors of society would have enormous economic and health impacts.



Implementing in Canadian society the reflex to use nature as a preventive public health tool is the objective of the Nature Reflex.   

This national initiative launched by the UdN, based on an abundant scientific corpus, requires the collaboration of federal, provincial and municipal authorities with whom we work to inform and influence.

But it also concerns civil society decision-makers, leaders and influencers who can impact the daily lives of thousands of individuals within their organizations.

To community leaders, L’Université dans la Nature provides:

1 – Scientific knowledge : data to measure impacts on productivity, psychological and physical health, short and long-term effects. The population as a whole is under-informed about the impact of nature.

2 – Know-how : a range of practical solutions proven within organizations