June 25, 2019 – When was the last time you explored the forest; the smell of fresh rain gently falling on the forest floor or the magical rays of sunlight peeking through the canopy, the sight of a rabbit hopping across the trail in front of you or and the sounds of the early morning bird calls will awaken your senses.
On one trail, you might experience the rich pine scent that lingers in the air as the Blue Jay calls from somewhere inside an old white pine’s boughs. On another, you will be treated to the sight of a snapping turtle laying her eggs at the side of a trail while the open wind blows through the cattails.
Sometimes, if you’re quiet enough, you may be treated to a glimpse of the many deer that amble through the forests nibbling on flowers as they go. If you visit the McLaren Marsh viewing platform and close your eyes for a moment, you’ll begin to notice the birds start singing, the squirrels start nattering, and the whole forest sounds like a symphony.
It doesn’t matter how you enjoy the forest, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Study after study talks about the health benefits we experience from spending time in nature. Our stress goes down, we are more creative, we have more energy, and our mood improves. Some studies say that a 20 minute walk in the forest will boost our immune system by over 50 percent. We could all benefit from spending more time in nature.
At Kawartha Conservation we are fortunate to offer unique opportunities to explore our Conservation Areas throughout our watershed. We want you to come out and connect with these special places. You can jog along a woodland trail, take a gentle hike and watch the dragonflies, picnic at one of our shelters, or go bird watching on the boardwalk. No matter how you prefer to explore nature, we’ve got something for you.
If you’re looking for something different, we have some wonderful programs designed to help deepen your relationship with nature. Join us for a Senior’s Walking in Nature interpretive walk and learn from one of our education technicians. Try our Forest Bathing walks and learn to explore the forest through your senses. Our Parent and Tot program provides a fun morning of outdoor play and socializing in a supportive environment.
All of our programs are focused on providing unique and fun experiences that will make you want to explore even more. Visit us online at kawarthaconservation.com for more information.
We hope you’ll come explore one of our Conservation Areas this summer.