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Ecotherapy Stroll: Gratitude/Nature Journaling

9/15/2023 | Bennett Spring State Park | Lebanon, MO

Join park staff on the third Friday of the month to honor our connection with the natural world by participating in green therapy. Researchers have recommended five hours a month in nature to relax and reduce stress. Forest therapy, ecotherapy, forest bathing, grounding and “Earthing” are all other names used for this experience. 

During each program, we will hike about 2 miles on Whistle Trail, traveling along the spring, to the Niangua River, and back to the trail access point. A portion of the trail traverses bluff tops, and some climbing will be necessary.

Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes, use insect repellent, and bring water and a snack. Each program will begin at the nature center.

Event Dates and Topics: 

May 19 – Nature Meditating – Use all five senses to experience the trail. Reflect on something you are drawn to in nature.

June 16 – Touch and Taste – Come learn about wild edibles and improve your mental health by connecting with nature. Berries are due to ripen at this time.

July 21 – Deep Breathing – Slow down and observe aquatic and terrestrial lifestyles as dragonflies dance and begin to lay eggs.

Aug. 18 – Observation – Observe and meditate while watching visitors fish during National Fishing Month.

Sept. 15 – Gratitude/Nature Journaling – Celebrate Archaeology Month by viewing rocks and minerals in the nature center before heading outside. On the trail, take note of things to be thankful for.

Event Times: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Bennett Spring State Park is located at:

26250 Highway 64A, Lebanon, MO | 417-532-4338

Associated activities

  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs