Guide: Duncan Murdoch
Date: Saturday, June 6th
$25 per session, or $90 for all four sessions.
Meeting Location: Niquette Bay State Park
Vermont Resident and 62 and over or Veteran? Get your Green Mountain Pass for lifetime park access for $2 fee at your town’s clerk office. Also, many libraries loan them out for FREE!
What better place for forest bathing than our beautiful state parks?! Come experience nature in new and deeply familiar ways with your Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide. You are invited to slow down with intentionality and mindfulness to engage your traditional five senses and beyond. So give your body and mind a chance to rest and restore while taking in the subtleties and wonder of nature. Sign up for all 4 and put them in your calendar to give yourself the opportunity to connect throughout the year. Or sign up for one and we’ll see you there!
Niquette Bay State Park: Saturday, June 6th
Kingsland Bay State Park: Saturday, July 11th
Branbury State Park: Saturday, September 12th
Giffords Woods State Park: Saturday, October 10th
The walk will be at a slower-than-usual-pace with many pauses and will cover less than 1 mile. The maintained trails are unchallenging, are of bare earth, uneven at times and flat without hills or climbs. There are roots and rocks throughout. The conditions of the trails will vary from season to season and day to day. In the winter expect snow ice, in spring expect some mud, in summer some mosquitos, and in fall a covering of leaves on the ground.
About Niquette Bay State Park
Today’s 584-acre park began with an initial land purchase by the State of Vermont in 1975. It is named for Niquette Bay, the local name for an indentation along the northeastern shore of Lake Champlain’s larger Malletts Bay. 4700 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the park’s southern boundary.
The property, much of it farmed and pastured through the 1800’s, is today predominantly forested. Two long ridges with summits rising to over 400’ elevation run parallel along either side of a flat, sandy terrace bisecting the property. This terrace, in turn, is bisected by a brook and associated ravine. This brook, over 1000’s of years, has carried away sand and silt as the ravine was carved, depositing it into Lake Champlain and forming the sandy but shallow beach along the eastern half of the park’s shoreline.
The westerly half of the park shore is of dramatically different character. Here, sheer cliffs of dolomitic limestone rise abruptly from deep water to heights exceeding 60 feet. These cliffs form the headwall of the western ridge that cuts through the park.