May 3, 2018 – Residents, families and visitors are invited to take part in a free interpretive hike at Ken Reid Conservation Area on Friday, May 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Areas, and a certified forest therapy guide, will lead the hike which will provide an overview of Ken Reid Conservation Area while enjoying some of the many trails available at the Lindsay-based conservation area.
“Spending time outdoors has significant health benefits and to coincide with the launch of Conservation Ontario’s sixth annual Healthy Hikes campaign we are inviting the community to #StepIntoNature, hike and explore at our Conservation Areas,” said Ms. Virgoe.
The theme of this year’s campaign is Nature and Mental Health, and will focus on the health and well-being benefits of nature throughout the different life stages.
“More and more people are starting to realize the tremendous benefits of spending time in nature,” said Ms. Virgoe. “It is more than just getting off the couch or not looking at a screen, being in nature reduces anxiety and can lower blood pressure, as well as a host of other physical, mental and emotional health benefits.
“We want to welcome those individuals and families who are already familiar with Ken Reid Conservation Area, and particularly those that may have never been here, to come out and take advantage of this wonderful free early evening hike and to learn more about Ken Reid,” Ms. Virgoe added.
This year’s Healthy Hikes campaign launches on Monday, May 7, which also coincides with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week, and runs until October 31.
“What better way to celebrate Mental Health Week and spend an hour or two on a Friday evening, than by taking part in our free guided interpretive hike here at Ken Reid Conservation Area? Everyone is welcome and we’re looking forward to hosting this wonderful evening on Friday, May 11,” said Ms. Virgoe.
The walk/hike will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather.