Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development & Family Science


Self-care is defined as actions or activities done by an individual to improve their own health; most often referring to mental health. This project focused on giving tools for self-care and mindfulness through nature. These tools included ways to self-soothe through meditation, mindfulness and nutrition. The project’s activities were conducted at MEarth, an outdoor learning facility located in the Carmel Valley. MEarth is a prime location for this project as it is still a place of learning, but it is not a traditional classroom and teaches in a more engaging way for presenting information. The self-care project lessons aimed to improve mental health and were directed towards students in the adolescent age range. Participants ranged in age from 11 years old to 12 years old. The first activity explored mindfulness education in a natural environment. The second activity focused on how simple cooking knowledge can improve overall wellness, both physically and mentally. The final activity addressed self-soothing and coping skills. The overarching aim of this project was to provide self-care tools to students who may struggle in school with feelings of anxiety or stress.