Over 50 Percent of Americans Appreciate Nature More Now Than Before the Pandemic, Study Says

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Nearly six in 10 Americans have a new appreciation of nature thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

The study — conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and their Get on Board campaign — asked 2,000 Americans about their time outdoors this year, according to SWNS.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents shared they didn’t appreciate nature as much as they should have before the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also found that as their days indoors drag along, 57 percent of people said it’s all taken a toll on their mental health and happiness.


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Three-quarters of respondents are starting to feel a boost in their moods, however, thanks to spending more time outdoors – with 66 percent sharing they’re doing more outdoor activities close to home.

With a plethora of options for outdoor activities, nearly four in 10 respondents have actually become more physically active during their time in quarantine.

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In fact, 32 percent of respondents are participating in more outdoor activities than ever.

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Six in 10 shared they’ve been able to finally take the time to explore their local communities, with local parks, trails and lakes topping the list of new-found areas.