BeWell explores the value of Stanford’s natural beauty

Japanese Flowering Cherries flourish in the Oregon Courtyard, which is located on the east side of the Main Quad, just off Lasuen and across from the School of Education. (Photo: Kate Chesley)
Japanese flowering cherries flourish in the Oregon Courtyard, which is located on the east side of the Main Quad, just off Lasuen Mall and across from the School of Education. (Photo: Kate Chesley)

BEWELL suggests that next time you drive, walk or bike onto the Stanford campus, you consider the physical beauty that greets you. BeWell spoke to Grounds Manager TED TUCHOLSKI to learn more about the natural beauty available to us all at Stanford.

How do you think the Stanford grounds contribute to the culture of wellness?

Grounds Services performs an important role in contributing to the wellness of all who study, work and visit the campus. Maintenance of the outdoor environment enables everyone to play, exercise and rest in beautiful and comfortable places. We maintain turf areas for recreation; trails for hiking; areas for studying, holding performances or resting – perhaps under the shade of a large oak tree. Connecting with nature is important, and often an experience that aids in relieving stress. We provide the opportunity – and plants – for people to literally “stop and smell the roses.”

How big an undertaking is this?

We have 60 employees in the field maintaining more than 1,000 acres of land, including over 1 million square feet of shrubs. We collaborate with the University Architect and Planning Office, Stanford Utilities, students, staff and others to make the program a success.

Read the entire interview on the BeWell website.