Guide: Duncan Murdoch
Date: Saturday, October 10th
$25 per session, or $90 for all four sessions.
Meeting Location: Giffords Woods State Park
OLD GROWTH FOREST!!!
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 this 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 Giffords Woods State Park
Today, Gifford Woods contains one of the few old-growth hardwood tree stands remaining in Vermont. The stand has many grand-sized sugar maple, beech, yellow birch, white ash and hemlock. The understory is rich with native wildflowers. In 1978, seven acres of forest in this area was designated the Gifford Woods Natural Area. An additional 13 acres was designated as Gifford Woods National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1980 because of the exemplary quality of the old-growth forest. To preserve the natural state of the Natural Area, no trails are permitted nor development of any kind.