June Parklands Explorer Hike & Wellness Activity

June Parklands Explorer Hike & Wellness Activity

Louisville, Ky. (June 1, 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 focus on physical fitness, camaraderie, and exploration while also stretching their mental muscles, embarking on a pathway to wellness for body and mind.

The next Parklands Explorer program is Saturday, June 9 at Brown-Forman Silo Center in Turkey Run Park. Join us for a beginner-friendly yoga class at 9 a.m. led by instructors from the YMCA at Norton Commons.

The 45-minute class focuses on building strength, flexibility, and concentration, incorporating flowing moves matched with breathing to allow the body to relax and enjoy its full potential. Please bring a water bottle and your own yoga mat. This activity is best suited for participants ages 12 and up. In the event of rain, yoga will take place under the shelter of the Pignic Barn.

After yoga, stick around for “Forest Succession & Spirituality”—an extra special hike in partnership with the “I Am Ali” Festival. As one of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles, Spirituality means having a sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is greater than oneself.

The Parklands forests provide excellent wildlife habitat as well as a sense of peace for us humans. Interpretive Rangers will explore the dynamic nature of forests while hiking through the largest forested section of The Parklands on Paw Paw Trail. The 4.6-mile roundtrip hike departs at 10 a.m. from the Brown-Forman Silo Center. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Remember to dress for the weather, wear a good pair of walking shoes and bring a water bottle.

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.

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. The $125 million project was funded through more than $70 million in private donations, combined with almost $50 million from federal, state and local government sources. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at www.theparklands.org/member.

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