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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
Quiet Hour: Helping Visitors
B Feel Inner Peace Outside
y Heather Chase
R
umbling traffic, blaring car alarms, pinging message alerts, upsetting
24-hour news - today we are more bombarded with
noise and stress than ever. In fact, the World Health Organization
considers noise from traffic one of the worst environmental
stressors for humans. Further, it calls stress the health epidemic of the 21st
century.
This problem has a simple, powerful
solution - quiet time in natural
settings. More than 100 studies
have shown it reduces stress.
But in today's noisy, hectic, hightech
world, we are more cut off from
quiet and nature than ever. Even
when we are in natural settings, often,
we don't know how to make the
most of them to reduce our stress.
A new program unlocks this solution:
Quiet Hour. Quiet Hour is a
meaningful offering for park visitors.
In fact, it was created by a visitor.
The 60-minute guided program
is a unique way to serve current visitors
or attract new ones by helping
them enjoy the stress-relief benefits
of being quietly present in natural
settings. Quiet Hour incorporates
several techniques that research indicates
have a calming effect, and is
designed for people of all abilities
ages 12 and older.
Benefits for Park Visitors
Quiet Hour offers many benefits
for visitors, including:
* A new way to experience nature -
However, it's not by learning
about it or playing in it, but by
feeling inner peace in it. While
some visitors might have felt this
by chance, Quiet Hour offers them
a structured way to feel it often.
* A new way to enjoy the serenity
of solitude in the outdoors - It also
includes the safety and support of a
group and the guidance of a leader.
* Easy to participate in - Quiet
Hour includes visitors who might
not be able to participate in other
programs that are faster paced,
information-rich or physically
active. This increases inclusion
and access for underserved
communities, such as people
whose first language is not English
and people with disabilities.
Quiet Hour is a unique way to serve
current visitors or attract new ones by
helping them enjoy the stress-relief
benefits of being quietly present in
natural settings.
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Benefits for Park and
Recreation Professionals
Quiet Hour also offers many benefits
for park and recreation professionals:
* A new way to serve visitors and
communities - The program
makes natural public spaces a
stress-relief and wellness resource.
* A likelihood of increasing participants'
positive feelings about
the agency offering the program
- The program appeals to their
emotional connection with, and
desire to protect, nature.
* Easy to conduct - The program involves
little speaking, very few materials,
and no expertise, physical
fitness or equipment. The relaxed
pace allows time for leaders to preview
each step of narration as they
go, and for narration to be bilingual
or interpreted into sign language.
* A way to measure impact - Optional
surveys allow agencies to
instantly collect feedback from
participants and leaders to access
the program's effectiveness.
* Flexible - The program can be
modified as needed.
Ready-to-Use Guide
Quiet Hour is easy to add to a current
collection of staff- or volunteer-led
programs, or as a stand-alone program.
To conduct it, leaders do not
need any special training and can
simply follow the steps in a ready-touse
guide for group leaders.
The user-friendly booklet has all
the information a staff member or
volunteer needs to lead the program
regularly or test it in a pilot program.
The Quiet Hour guide is available at
www.QuietHour.org.
Heather Chase is an author and the main
creator of Quiet Hour (hchase@
greatpeacemakers.com).
PHOTO COURTESY OF HEATHER CHASE
http://www.QuietHour.org

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