Donald A. Rakow

Associate Professor
School of Integrative Plant Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Contact Information

149 Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-1045

Donald A. Rakow

Associate Professor
School of Integrative Plant Science College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expertise

The history, management, and social impact of public gardens, from the Renaissance to the present; human benefits of time in nature for different age and ethnic groups.

Current Research Interest

Positive impact of time spent in nature in different stages of human maturation (middle childhood, teenagers, college-aged youth) and how these benefits can be assessed; culture and geography’s effect on human perceptions of nature; ways in which public gardens, through their programs and policies, are addressing major environmental, demographic, and cultural challenges of the twenty-first century

Distinction

American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit 
American Public Gardens Association Service Award

Selected Publications

Rakow, Donald A. and Gregory T. Eells. Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health. Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press, 2019.

Rakow, Donald A. and Sharon A. Lee. Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2011.

Cornell Research Website Article

Nature, Our Intrinsic Healer