Looking to Nature for Stress Relief


Join us in partnership with the Castle in the Clouds and Plymouth State University for a 60 minute presentation by Plymouth State University professor, David Leuser.  He will provide a brief overview of the nature of stress and its impact on people’s physical and mental health in the modern age. Recent cutting edge research has identified numerous ways in which spending time in natural environments can reduce the harmful effects of stress while altering mood and physiology in positive ways. Professor Leuser will explain how getting outside in nature can help to reduce and relief some of our daily stress.

The presentation will take place in the Winnipesaukee Room of the Carriage House at the Castle in the Clouds. After the presentation, join us for a guided hike along the Brook Walk trail at the Castle in the Clouds Conservation Area, putting this theory to the test!

About the Presenter

David M. Leuser, PhD is a professor of Management at Plymouth State University. He is a long time collector of 19th and early 20th century White Mountain tourist memorabilia, and has a great passion for entrepreneurship, social science research, and history, which he loves to share.

This presentation is brought to you by the ongoing partnership between Dr. Leuser, the Castle Preservation Society, and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. It is one of many outreach focused, collaborative activities that Plymouth State brings to the region through its new interdisciplinary strategic cluster structure.

Directions & Event Information

Please use Ossipee Park Road for entry, park in the main parking lot and walk to The Carriage House. The presentation will take place on the 2nd floor of that building. A leisurely hike will take place along the Brook Walk trail lead by LRCT trail adopters and naturalists following the presentation. If you plan on participating in the hike please come prepared with appropriate trail footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, and bring plenty of water.

This event is free and open to the public and is rain or shine. In the case of bad weather, the guided hike following the presentation may be canceled. Stay tuned to our website and social media sites for cancellation information the day-of the program.