There is a healing quality to nature, which has been known for centuries, be it taking time to smell the roses, meditating on a mountain, lying in a wildflower field, strolling by a meandering stream or hiking in ancient redwood groves. - Hippocrates

To believe in the power of a positive mindset and the healing qualities of nature are not revolutionary concepts, but we do believe that they are ones that have been lost in the stressful shuffle of modern society, and as a result, we are more stressed and unhealthy than ever. 

Thrive Outdoors works with individuals, businesses and communities to give them the tools they need to better navigate through life and minimize stress. We pride ourselves on staying current with the research and trends that can impact our efforts in the most positive and effective way.

Why do we want everyone to learn helpful tools and tips for relaxation and stress reduction?

Because America, as a nation, suffers from chronic stress and heart disease and we want to be a wind of change. 

For useful information on Heart Disease & Stress related medical issues: 

CDC: Heart Disease Facts & Statistics

Harvard Health Publications: Broken Heart Syndrome or "Stress" Cardiomyopathy

American Heart Association: Stress and Heart Health

Why do we work with youth?

Because the teen years are stressful and without proper understanding and a place to learn healthy coping skills, many teens can become anxious and/or depressed.

The Anxiety And Depression Society of America: Facts on Anxiety & Depression 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Stress Management and Teens

Struggling Teens: Wilderness Therapy as an Intervention and Treatment for Adolescents with Behavioral Problems

Why do we take people out into the wild and give them opportunities to experience serenity or be challenged by the natural world?

Because, simply, it works.

Science Suggests Access to Nature is Essential to Human Health: Science Daily

Health Benefits of Getting Outside: National Wildlife Federation  

Living Among Nature Makes Us Happier and Healthier: HellaWella 

How Nature Can Make You Healthier: Best Health

Why Getting Outside is Good For You: Spark People

Nature for kids: KQED News