Benefits of nature
Regardless of race and ethnicity, the adult Americans who participated in this study saw nature as important for their physical health and emotional outlook.
Common ways to value nature
Adult Americans of different races and ethnicities valued nature in similar ways. Most associated certain smells and sounds of nature with happy memories. Most felt curious about something especially attractive in nature. Most believed that teaching children how nature works is as important as teaching them other school subjects. Most find peace in nature, and most feel spiritually connected to something greater when outdoors.
Different barriers to nature, part 1
Hispanic, black, and Asian adults surveyed were different from their white counterparts in some important ways. One of these was that they felt more aversion to being alone in nature or the outdoors. Black adults were especially concerned about allowing their children to be outdoors on their own. Large portions of nonwhite respondents said they prefer to stay on paved paths when they are outdoors.
Different barriers to nature, part 2
Hispanic, black, and Asian adults were more concerned about being alone outdoors and felt more constrained by other concerns in life to experience the natural world to the extent that they wished. Compared with white adults, more Hispanic, black, and Asian adults reported a lack of social support for their interests in the natural world, and a lack of financial resources to pursue their interests in nature. They also said other things are more important in their lives.