2018 Parklands Explorer: Pathways to Wellness

2018 Parklands Explorer: Pathways to Wellness

Louisville, Ky. (April 2, 2018)Parklands Explorer: Pathways to Wellness, presented by Trilogy Health Services and The Bufford Family Foundation, invites community members of all ages to join Parklands Interpretive Rangers on the second Saturday of each month to traverse a new hiking trail and delve into outdoor educational topics such as Forest Succession, Biodiversity and Parklands History. Guided by Interpretive Rangers and community partners, Parklands Explorers will focus on physical fitness, camaraderie, and exploration while also stretching their mental muscles, embarking on a pathway to wellness for body and mind.

Explorer hikes begin at 10 a.m. and take place at various locations throughout Louisville’s newest park system. From April through September, The Parklands is collaborating with local organizations to add wellness activities to the program. During these warmer months, participants can arrive early, at 9 a.m., for hour-long wellness activities followed by the monthly guided hike. Wellness activities include: Heart Healthy Walking with the American Heart Association, Yoga with YMCA at Norton Commons, Functional Body Movement with 502 Fit Pass, Tai Chi with Grandmaster Mingye Ding and Intro to Mindfulness Meditation with Earth & Spirit Center.

“The updated Explorer program delivers on two of our key missions—providing science education to the community, while getting people outside and active,” said Education Coordinator Curtis Carman. “By collaborating with local partners, we also hope to introduce our visitors to new activities that, when practiced, can improve overall health and wellness.”

The next Parklands Explorer program is Saturday, April 14 in Broad Run Park. Join us at 9 a.m. at the Woodland Pavilion as we partner with the American Heart Association during their “Move More Month” to offer free blood pressure checks, a trail mix bar, stretching exercises, and a short program to reveal the 2018 Heart Walk poster. Then join Parklands Interpretive Rangers at 10 a.m. for a fun and informative hike exploring Biodiversity on the Riparian Ramble Trail—an easy level, natural surface trail winding along Floyds Fork. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Hikes and wellness activities are free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Register and learn more at www.theparklands.org/events.

View the full schedule of Parklands Explorer topics and wellness activities, at www.theparklands.org/explore. For more information on programs and events at The Parklands, contact Anna Rosales-Crone at 502-815-0267 or acrone@21cparks.org.

2018 Parklands Explorer Schedule

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