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Mental Health at McMaster

McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being

Plants and Mental Health

Many people enjoy living and working in cultivated greenspaces, and most like having beautiful plants around. But is there more to it? Research has shown that indoor plants can reduce stress, sharpen your attention, therapeutic, recover from illness faster, boost your productivity and improve the quality of your air. Not only are plants good for your well-being, but they are also good for the well-being of our planet.

On-Campus Green Spaces to Visit

McMaster Biology Greenhouse Learn More

Located between Hamilton Hall and the Phoenix. Come visit the Biology Greenhouse and leave feeling inspired, refreshed and with a greater appreciation for plants that make human habitation possible on planet Earth.

Community Garden Learn More

The McMaster Teaching & Community Garden is a University sustainability initiative with the objective of facilitating local food production while providing teaching and learning opportunities and engaging the McMaster and greater Hamilton community.

MDCL Atrium

Located on the first floor of MDCL, this is a unique space designed and intended by the donor, Michael G. DeGroote, for use by visitors for quiet, contemplative reflection.

Nina de Villiers Rose Garden Learn More

Located in front of University Hall, the garden is  a focal point on campus and is a place of peace and rest for the campus community.

Cootes Paradise Learn More

Located between Les Princes Hall and the Alpine Tower, walk along the picturesque trails, enjoy a waterfront sunset or count the swans at Princes Point! Cootes Paradise is definitely a great place to relax, reflect and mediate.

Off-Campus Green Spaces to Visit

McMaster Forest Learn More

Located on Lower Lions Club Rd, about 20 min bus ride from McMaster University, is a 115-acre plot of land known as McMaster Forest. This area, purchased by the university in the late 1960’s, is being used as a conservation and research forest. For those looking to get their hike on, McMaster Forest is also host to a loop recreational trail that goes far back into its woods and emerges near the start.

Royal Botanical Gardens Learn More

RBG’s nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails in Burlington & Hamilton. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites. With more than 750 native plant species, 277 types of migratory birds, 37 mammal species, 14 reptile species, 9 amphibian species and 68 species of Lake Ontario fish, the area is an important contributor to ecosystems that span international borders.

Local Natural Areas in Hamilton & Halton Learn More

Nature @ McMaster has an extensive listing of all local areas in the Hamilton and Halton region.

Learn More About Greenery at McMaster

Nature@McMaster Learn More

Nature at McMaster assists with the land management of natural areas related to trails and invasive and native species management on McMaster University property, runs hiking events, stewardship projects as well as classroom and outdoor learning programming.

Academic Sustainability Programs Office Learn More

The Academic Sustainability Programs Office strives to provide all McMaster students with the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary, student-led, community-based, and experiential learning focused on sustainability.