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Forest Bathing Program

Take some time to relax and reconnect. Forest Bathing is a practice based on mindfully connecting to the natural world. It is based on the Japanese practice of “shinrin- Yoku”.

Forest Bathing can help with physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The many benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress, improved immune system functioning, and improved mood. Deepening our relationship with nature has other benefits as well. It helps us to feel more content, to be more creative in how we approach challenges, and to feel more at ease.

Come join us for a walk! Everyone can benefit from a forest bathing experience. Our walks are slow paced (1- 1.5km over 3 hours) and accessible to most fitness abilities. Cost is $20 per person. Click to Register Here

Schedule:

Date & Time Location
Saturday April 28 (10Am – 1Pm) Durham East Cross Forest (Devitts Rd Entrance)
Saturday May 26th (9am - noon) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Saturday June 23rd (9am – noon) Durham East Cross Forest (Boundary Rd Entrance)
Saturday July 21st (9am – Noon) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Saturday August 18th (9am – noon) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Saturday September 8th (9am-noon) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Saturday October 20th (9am – noon) Durham East Cross Forest (Boundary Rd Entrance)


Walk in Nature (WIN) Program

This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors of all skills and abilities to enjoy some time out on our Conservation Areas. You’ll be guided for a 1.5 hour hike by our staff and learn about the properties and the plants, animals and habitats that are here. This is a relaxed pace on nature trails. Most mobility needs can be met if identified ahead of time. Come out and enjoy the fresh air, the social interaction, and learn about the trails close to home. Cost is $10 per person. Click to Register Here:

Schedule:

Date & time Location
Wednesday May 16th (10 – 11:30am) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday May 23rd (10 – 11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday June 6th (10 – 11:30) Durham East Cross Forest
Wednesday June 13th (10 – 11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday June 20th (10 – 11:30) Durham East Cross Forest
Wednesday June 27th (10 – 11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday July 11th (10 – 11:30) Durham East Cross Forest
Wednesday July 18th (10 – 11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday July 25th (10 – 11:30) Durham East Cross Forest
Wednesday August 15th (10 – 11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area
Wednesday August 22nd (10 – 11:30) Durham East Cross Forest
Wednesday August 29th (10-11:30) Ken Reid Conservation Area


Conservation and natural areas protect valuable ecosystems and natural heritage features, such as wetlands, interior forests and sensitive wildlife habitat.

We have four conservation areas, including Ken Reid, Windy Ridge, Pigeon River Headwaters and Durham East Cross Forest, and manage one natural area, Fleetwood Creek.

These properties offer excellent trails for hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and nature appreciation.

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