Unplug from electronics and rejuvenate yourself with nature. The session begins with a brief overview of the area, goes through the standard sequence of Shinrin-Yoku, and concludes with a tea ceremony.
Please come prepared with pants and shoes.
Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland and is home to more than 360 native plant species. The numbers of resident and migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. Combined, the ecosystem features of the site create a one-of-a-kind natural area unlike any other in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The prairie is considered globally imperiled and the black soil savanna is considered globally critically imperiled according to the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.
We will be practicing SOCIAL DISTANCING. Please come prepared with MASK, protective clothing for being comfortable outdoors, and water.
Spending time intentionally outdoors has been scientifically proven effects to endure 7-30 days after a walk:
Boosted immune system functioning
Reduced cortisol levels
Lowers risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
Enhanced sense of wellbeing
Heightened focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increase in energy
Deepens connection with the land and its species
Widening connections and friendships through shared experience in a natural environment