In a campus surrounded by a concrete jungle, there are not many places where students can escape to nature other than Exposition Park and the beaches. However with the help of USC Sustainability, and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, the USC Peace Garden is looking to give students a green escape from the city.
That was the mission of founder Camille Dieterle, a professor of Occupational Therapy, who intended the Peace Garden to be “a place to connect to nature in the heart of the city.”
“I started the Peace Garden with a grant from my department, the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy,” said professor Dieterle. “As the garden grows, I hope that more and more people enjoy it as a place to relax, connect to nature and learn about plants and sustainability. Each year we will add additional programming.”