New Nature Lover? It’s a COVID-19 Side-Effect

What does it take to get some people to go outside and experience nature? For some urban dwellers, it took the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.

The new study finds that 26% of people visiting parks during early months of the COVID-19 pandemic had rarely – or never – visited nature in the previous year.

The study is one of the first to explore how COVID-19 has changed Americans’ relationship with nature.

The research will appear in PLOS ONE journal.