Jean Larson

Jean Larson walking her dog in the woods during in autumn

Jean Larsen, PhD, HTR, CTRS

CSH Staff

Jean M. Larson manages the Nature-Based Therapeutic (NBT) services at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. She is also the faculty lead at the Center for Spirituality and Healing in nature-based therapeutics. Dr. Larson also coordinates a certificate program accredited with the American Horticultural Therapy association, provides consulting services, initiatives community outreach and assists in NBT research.

May 30, 2018
What is the science behind equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT)? That is the question we try to answer in the CSpH 5643 "Horse as Teacher" course. This blended (six weeks online with one week face-to-face) class highlights the science behind EAAT and how partnering with the horse can help the brain and body work together to bring about measurable positive outcomes.
January 23, 2018
Nature-based therapies bring kids outside to interact with nature while virtual reality therapy uses technology to help them experience nature from within the hospital. Nature-based therapy isn’t always accessible for patients with compromised immune systems, limited mobility or other medical issues that prevent them from leaving the hospital. In those instances, virtual reality can provide “the next best thing.”