Orange-pink birch bark gives us color while we wait for spring wildflowers. John Boyd Thacher (North) State Park, April 2020
In this time of hunker down and keep to ourselves, I was wondering what I could possibly do to use my skillset for the community. Pretty immediately, I was surprised by a phone call.
Last September, I led a forest therapy walk for the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy at Strawberry Fields Preserve in Amsterdam, NY. (I will write about this experience—and soon—I promise!)
Carrie, my contact at MHLC, asked: Could you lead a virtual hike, and what might that look like?
In response I created two short meditations modeled on the invitations we offer in forest therapy. One is for folks who cannot go outside and one is for when you go out for your daily healthy walk for fresh spring air and long leg movements—or whatever suits you and your body. Kids can use them, too.
You can play the recordings on your device inside or outside.
Mosses and lichens glow in the woods, too. So many shades of green! John Boyd Thacher (North) State Park, Perimeter Path.
“Swizzle stick,”on the Red Belly Snowmobile Path, Partridge Run; more photos from this trail are in the Thacher Nature Center show.
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm, I invite you all to visit Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville NY for the opening reception of their 13th annual Nature Art Show. I have three photographs in the show–come and enjoy them, at the 50 artist celebration, nestled in the center next to Thacher Lake. The opening reception includes live music and refreshments, and there are trails to walk outside near the nature center or back at John Boyd Thacher State Park (don’t miss the escarpment overlook!).
The show runs through March 25 and the Center (free admission!) is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 to 5.
Directions: If you approach from John Boyd Thacher Park on 157 (off 85/New Scotland Road), you will drive THROUGH Thacher Park, take a right on 256 (Ketcham Road), pass the small Farm Stand on the right, and soon after take a left on Nature Center Road (small sign for Nature Center), which is gravel and leads to the parking area & center.