Objective 2: Increase opportunities to connect to nature

Increased access to nature has been tied to decreased stress levels, higher attention span, and increased self-esteem. The Muskegon region has the second highest depression rate in the State (2013-2015 Michigan BRFSS Economic Development Collaborative Region). Connection to nature increases the social/emotional and physical well-being of individuals by providing a sense of place, which furthers community quality of life.