MAY 21, 2019 – Kawartha Conservation’s popular guided walks for seniors are returning for 2019.
Beginning Tuesday, May 28, Kawartha Conservation is once again launching its popular program for seniors looking to connect with nature.
The Senior’s Walking in Nature (WIN) program will run Tuesday’s from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning May 28. Walks will be held at Ken Reid Conservation Area.
Nature is a wonderful place to recharge and the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of spending time in nature are vast, including 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.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors of all skills and abilities to enjoy some time in nature at Ken Reid Conservation Area,” explained Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “Participants will be guided for a 1.5 hour hike by our staff and learn about the plants, animals and habitats that are here.
“This is a relaxed pace on nature trails,” Ms. Virgoe added. “And most mobility needs can be met if identified ahead of time.”
A University of Minnesota study noted that in addition to helping to add some freshness to everyday life, getting outdoors also encourages seniors to increase their physical and mental activity levels, which, in turn, can contribute to warding off things like dementia, cognitive decline, immobility, and disease.
“We had some amazing and wonderful feedback from participants last year, and we felt this was an important program to continue offering to provide older residents with an opportunity to connect with friends, peers and nature in a safe, secure and nurturing environment,” said Ms. Virgoe. “Come out and enjoy the fresh air, the social interaction, and learn about the trails close to home.”
Guided educational walks are $10 + HST per person or $60 plus HST for six sessions.