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Pre-snow view! Photo credit: M. Gaynor

Snow, snow, snow!

On Monday, February 16 (President’s Day) at 10AM, ecotherapist Beth Lapin will be offering a hike at Wadsworth State Park through Middletown’s Recreation Division. We plan to explore this 267-acre park by walking past the Giant Laurel to Little Falls and, conditions permitting, continue to the Big Falls. The trip should last until approximately 11:30AM.

Wear hiking shoes (some wet areas), ice clips, and a walking stick if needed. Bring a snack and water, camera, binoculars if desired. Children under age 16 must attend with an adult 18+.

Directions: Wadsworth State Park at the parking lot on 721 Wadsworth St, Middlefield

Please email her (Beth@HealingNatureCT.com) if you are planning to join her. Questions that morning: 860 262 2788. This trip will be cancelled if inclement weather.

We will meet at 10:00 AM at Spiderweed, a Nature Conservancy preserve in the southern part of Middletown and hike for about an hour and a half.


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Scenic vista at Spiderweed

The Spiderweed trail is varied, being steep in the beginning section, with the rest being moderate up-and-downs. The main trail is a three-mile loop that includes a scenic overlook.

Linda Buzzell has produced an informative video about ecotherapy. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7V8I6oKWUo

On Saturday, May 3, Beth Lapin will be offering a hike on Higby Mountain as part of the City of Middletown’s rescheduled Earth Day Celebration. We will have a rare opportunity to access the Mattabesett Trail through the city’s water department lands that include Higby and Adder Reservoirs.

Come join her for a three+ hour moderate walk up the eastern flank of the ridge, along the top, where we can snack, and then continue our loop to the water treatment building.

Wear hiking shoes (some wet areas), bring a snack and water, camera, binoculars if desired.

Directions: on Route 66, about a quarter-mile west of the junction with Higby Road (Red Dog Saloon), look for an unmarked driveway on the right (north) with an orange cone that leads to the reservoir. Follow it to the buildings, where there are restrooms and parking.

Please let her know (Beth@HealingNatureCT.com) if you are planning to join us. Questions: 860 398 4470; that morning: 860 262 2788.

Healing Nature WATER 06.21.12 004In our hectic world, discover the calming, peaceful benefit of nature. In this program, we will use our senses to strengthen our connection with the natural world and be introduced to several techniques to help relax and let go of daily stress. In addition, we will use our creative outlets such as writing, drawing, music/sound, and movement, to express our experiences and address weekly environmental topics. Come explore what nature can do for you and what you can give back!

Register online at www.middletownct.gov/webtrac, or at Middletown Park and Recreation, 100 Riverview Center, #140, $65 for four sessions, Thursday evenings, May 1, 8, 15, 22. Questions: Beth@HealingNatureCT.com or 860 398 4470.  2014 Healing Nature Class Registration Form

Route 81 loop 006Ever wondered if plants communicate or how they are so successful? An excellent and thought-provoking program on PBS explores What Plants Talk About. Check it out!

According to PBS: “When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!”

Beth in WESU recording studioBeth Lapin, EcoTherapist, was interviewed on Helen Evrard’s Mind Matters program on Wednesday, March 26 at 6:00pm on WESU FM, 88.1, Middletown;WESU check out the replay


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