2018 National ParkRx Census Results

Thank you to the 200+ programs and individuals who filled out the ParkRx 2018 Census! It’s inspiring to see how many creative and diverse Park Prescription (ParkRx) programs are working across the country to get people into nature to improve their health and well-being. This census will give us insight into where the ParkRx movement currently stands, identifying signs of success and challenges to inform future programs.  

From the census, the Institute at the Golden Gate has generated critical baseline data from over 70 ParkRx program leaders. This has informed the progress of the ParkRx movement, including the inceptions of individual Park Prescription programs, the type of nature-based activities being prescribed, and if and how evaluation data is collected. Throughout 2019, we will continue to identify emerging practices to help strengthen the movement and encourage parks across the country to reach new audiences through ParkRx.

First results from the census are shared in an Institute infographic. It highlights the diversity of ParkRx prescribers—from doctors to health educators—while showing more programs continue to be added every year, speaking to the continued momentum of the movement and the wide reach of ParkRx programs. Visit the Institute site to see more results and learn more about the census