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A growing body of scientific evidence confirms that when you interact with nature, you can become healthier and more productive.

BC Parks Foundation has partnered with Parks Canada and created the Prescribe nature initiative (PaRx).

The passes are being offered by Parks Canada through its partnership with the British Columbia Parks Foundation to allow health-care providers like doctors, nurses and therapists who have registered for the program to “prescribe” nature to patients dealing with both physical and mental health challenges.

Health-care providers can prescribe passes to patients who would benefit most from connecting with nature, live close enough to national parks to access them regularly and may not be able to afford the annual discovery pass cost of $72.25.

Perscription ranges from time outside in local parks or even year-long Parks Canada Discovery Passes, which covers admission to more than 80 parks across the country.