Conservation movement founder Henry David Thoreau had long advised that “we need the tonic of wilderness”, something many outdoor enthusiasts have intrinsically known. However, there is now significant medical research to confirm that mindful immersion in nature can release stress, lower high blood pressure, and decrease depression.
What better way to experience why land preservation is so important to our health than to immerse yourself in nature at one of our walks. We are offering three types of walks at parks around Monmouth County throughout the year.
Our Forest Therapy Walks are an experience in mindfulness, not a strenuous hike. Forest Therapy walks are led by a guide trained from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (natureandforesttherapy.org) and provide a quiet and reflective opportunity for you to tune out technology and the hustle and bustle of daily life and into the healing properties of the natural world. Participants are encouraged to slowly experience the forest surroundings and take in the healing properties of nature. Preregistration and a donation of $20 is required.
Yoga hikes offer participants an opportunity to deepen their yoga practice through practicing in nature. The experience begins with a 30 minute yoga warm up led by a certified yoga teacher. Next participants engage in a group walk through tranquil wooded trails. The walk concludes with another 30 minutes of yoga. All levels are welcome. Some yoga experience is helpful, but not required. Come dressed in comfortable walking shoes and athletic clothing. We ask that all participants register for the event in order to keep you posted on any changes regarding weather. A $20 participation donation is collected at the beginning of the event. Please bring cash or check.
Our Nature Walks are another great opportunity to enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise and explore a park. Nature Walks are also a way to connect with other local nature lovers and chat along the trail as we discover some of the best parks in our area. Walks will be led by an MCF staff member or volunteer that will point out wildlife or native plants, but mostly these events are an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful forested trails with other members of the MCF community.
Nature Walks are free to MCF members. Registration is required. For more information on how to become a member, click here. To register, please click on the links provided that will lead you the registration page. You can also learn more about each of these walks through the MCF Facebook page where each walk is listed in the events section.
FOREST THERAPY EARTH DAY WALK
Sunday, April 22nd,11am–1pm
Allaire State Park Nature Center, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township, NJ 07727
NATURE WALK / HUBER WOODS
Friday, July 20th, 5:30–6:30pm
Join us for a late afternoon walk along the shady trails of Huber Woods!
Huber Woods Park, 25 Browns Dock Road, Rumson, NJ 07760
NATURE WALK / HARTSHORNE WOODS
Saturday, September 15th, 9-10:30am
Join us for an end of summer hike through Hartshorne Woods.
Hartshorne Woods Park, 300 Navesink Avenue, Locust, NJ 07716
Walks are rain or shine – Registration is encouraged to allow for notification in the event extreme weather causes a cancellation.
We remind you to wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly based on the season.