the nature prescription
Charissa Hipp, CEO & Founder
Charissa Hipp is the founder of The Nature Prescription, a business specializing in “connecting people to places.” It combines her love of nature and the outdoors with her tourism marketing and writing background. Charissa has twenty years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, working for the National Park Service (NPS), the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and tourism bureaus in both Washington and Frederick Counties (MD). Her time with the NPS sparked a lifelong love of parks, history and the outdoors.
Four years ago, following the birth of her third child, Charissa began offering copywriting and marketing services as an independent contractor. Around that same time she became an avid hiker and re-connected with nature, discovering firsthand the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of time in the outdoors. She has spent the past three years extensively reading and studying nature connection, and training to be a nature therapy guide.
In 2018, Charissa started the Maryland Chapter of Girls Who Hike, an all-female hiking group. She plans and leads monthly hikes and has grown the chapter to more than 4,400 members. Charissa is also an adjunct hiking instructor for Carroll Community College, where she offers mindfulness hikes and nature connection experiences. She is a regular contributor to Sass Magazine and an ambassador for Two Rivers Treads minimalist shoe store. Charissa resides in Williamsport, MD, with her husband and three children.
nature as medicine
Join Charissa for a guided nature therapy experience, where you’ll be invited to practice mindfulness in nature.
Book Charissa to speak about the health benefits of time spent in the outdoors and connecting or re-connecting with nature.
nature centered consulting
Hire Charissa to provide nature-centered consulting for workshops or plan events to deepen your nature connection.
Copywriting & marketing
First and foremost, Charissa is a storyteller. She loves taking a person’s story and turning it into a compelling narrative. Charissa’s first paid writing gig came at the age of 13 as a writer for a regional newspaper. She holds a B.A. in journalism with a specialization in public relations from the University of Maryland at College Park. Charissa has worked in tourism marketing and public relations for more than twenty years, creating marketing materials, press releases, newsletters, blog posts, museum exhibits and more. She’s also been a contributing writer to several magazines for a decade.
Girls Who Hike Maryland
The Maryland Chapter of Girls Who Hike was established in January of 2018. Charissa has grown the all-female hiking group to more than 1,600 women, leading monthly hikes and an online community.