Photovoice resources

We are looking forward to having you join the 2nd phase of the research project. The purpose will be to learn about how spaces, places, and people in nature impact how  Black, Latinx, Pilipinx, and Pacific Islanders (ages 18-26) can promote healing in nature. You’ll learn fun skills related to photography and research and have a chance to make a difference in your community! To participate, you must be already a part of the Hood 2 Woods research project, and commit to attending 3 meetings over the next 3 months. For any questions, contact SF State Prof. David Rebanal (


COHORT C:  Our 2nd of our 3 meetings will be in early March. Stayed tuned for final date/time/location. 

1.  Plan for a Chosen Nature Activity.  See ideas below.

2. Take your photos and journal/ notes app with you.  See photo tips below and be sure to think about the 3 research questions we discussed when you take photos and share your captions. 

  • What do anti-racist green spaces look like?
  • How do greenspaces make you feel "welcomed" or "un-welcomed"?
  • What does Healing in Nature mean to you?

3.  Upload and answer the "SHOWeD" questions about your photos like we discussed at orientation.  Click on this link or scan this QR code (below) to do this. You do this right on your phones.

4. Upload a screenshot of your photo location, time, and date for our map. 

5. Be sure not to delete your favorite photos just yet in case we need the original full resolution. 


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    Remember our research questions when you go into nature for your photovoice activity:
    What do anti-racist green spaces look like?
    How might green spaces make you feel "welcomed" or "unwelcomed"?
    What does "Healing in Nature" mean to you?
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    Ideas for your Chosen Nature Activity (these are just ideas. You can come up with your own).

    What are other ways a person can experience healing in nature through a chosen nature activity?


    • Walk around park with someone you are close too.
    • Kayaking
    • Landscape drawing or painting
    • Skateboarding/ scootering
    • Water park
    • Hand picking flowers
    • Museums
    • Visit a local park.
    • Yoga
    • Tai Chi
    • Biking , walking in a park, trails
    • Grounding
    • Stargazing
    • Hiking  
    • Bird Watching
    • Weaving Class
    • Rock Climbing
    • Plant foraging
    • Rowing
    • Beach picnic
    • Painting in nature

    What are other ways a person can experience healing in nature?

    • Swimming in a river or creek.
    • Hike to a waterfall.
    • Ziplining
    • Meditation
    • Getting dirty with mud.
    • Walking without shoes on a trail.
    • Tree- hugging
    • Self-reflection journaling.
    • Sitting outside.
    • Yelling in the woods.
    • Reading/ writing near an open body of water.
    • Cloud watching in an open field.
    • Playing sports in an open green space.
    • Games at the beach or park
    • Hike/mediation
    • Sunset/Sunrise watching at a park or beach.
    • Pet playdate
    • Farm visits/Garden visits
    •  Make a meal.
    • Creature hunting (biodiversity)
    • Tree climbing
    • Skipping rocks across a pond, ocean, or body of water.
    • Rolling down a hill.
    • Go camping.
    • Seeing animals walking around the streets.
    • Nature scavenger
    • Receiving reiki in nature.
    • Dragon boating
    • Martial Arts training
    • Learning how to grow plants.
    • Farming and agriculture.
    • Creating flower arrangements.

    Locations of Local Free Parks/ Beaches/ Woods


    San Mateo County

    • Central Park
    • Seal Beach
    • Coyote Point
    • Reinhart Redwood Park
    • King Center Park


    Alameda County

    • Lake Merritt
    • Mission Peak
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Park
    • Billy Goat Hill Park


    San Francisco County

    • Lake Merced
    • Golden Gate Park
    • Dolores Park
    • Alamo Square
    • Bernal Heights
    • Francisco Park
    • Muir Woods
    • Presidio Heights
    • Presidio Tunnels Tops
    • Washington Square
    • SF Maritime National Historical Park