It's no secret that access to nature improves health—mentally and physically. This conversation is becoming more mainstream—community leaders, innovative thinkers and inspired citizens are starting to take notice: nearby nature is a critical part of a healthier, more productive urban society.

At the TKF Foundation, we love this momentum. It’s shedding light on something we’ve known—and seen transform communities—for over two decades.

Our approach is unique—we blend design, science and nature to create meaningful, open, green spaces in urban communities. These are intimate, publicly accessible spaces—often small, sometimes even unremarkable—purpose-built to align with the community’s culture, needs and current frameworks. And the results have been profound.

We’ve seen communities unite, pride restored, hope renewed—all sparking a ripple effect of improved health and urban cohesion that’s value (PDF) can hardly be overstated.

The Nature Effect in Action.

What impact could the Nature Effect bring to some of our country's hardest hit? Cities devastated by natural disasters. Hospitals treating Wounded Warriors for PTSD. Low-income urban neighborhoods plagued with decades of chronic stress and crime. These are communities acutely experiencing real psychological trauma. How can nature help?

Five years ago, we set our course to find out through our Nature Sacred Awards Program. And the results are just coming in—we’re more inspired than ever.

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Transformation and resilience in Joplin, Mo—after the devastation of an EF5 tornado.

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Using nature to promote commemoration, restoration, and healing for our Nation's Wounded Warriors.

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Emphasizing patient, family and employee centered care through nature-based programming.

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