About Us

The Humans in Nature (HIN) Project combines applied research with outreach efforts to connect individuals of all ages to the natural environment.  Researchers from the University of Illinois and San Jose State University provide stories of why individuals and families spend time in nature, video clips of parents and experts, and research-based information, breaking news, and commentary.

The HIN Project focuses on raising awareness of the benefits of nature to individual health and family relationships, and on inspiring people of all ages to #GetOutside.

Project Staff:

Staff Bios

Row 1: Aaron Ebata, Ph.D. (Primary Investigator), Dina Izenstark, Ph.D., CPRP (Primary Investigator), Cagla Giray, M.S. (Graduate Researcher)
Column 2: Ananya Shrestha, M.Sc. (Graduate Researcher), Julianna Rogowski (Undergraduate Intern), Jessica Phillip (Undergraduate Intern)
Row 3: Kajal Patel (Undergraduate Intern), Caroline Moulis (Undergraduate Intern), Cherish Recera (Undergraduate Intern)  
Row 4: Michelle Cheung (Undergraduate Intern), Kathryn Smith (Undergraduate Intern), Jennifer Long (Undergraduate Intern)
Row 5: Jacob Morrow (Undergraduate Intern), Rachel Fox (Undergraduate Intern), Monica Contreras (Undergraduate Intern).


Research is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project 1007220.

Outreach and Engagement is supported by University of Illinois Extension, in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture by the Director, Cooperative Extension Service, and University of Illinois.

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