May Parklands Explorer Hike & Wellness Activity

May Parklands Explorer Hike & Wellness Activity

Louisville, Ky. (May 9, 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, May 12 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 to stretch your mental muscles as we explore “What’s Eating the Ash Trees?” The emerald ash borer has been gobbling up ash stands in the Midwest since 2002. Join interpretive rangers on the Hickory Trail to discuss the history of the borer invasion, how to know an ash tree is infested, and what The Parklands is doing to combat this problem. Hike departs from Brown-Forman Silo Center at 10 a.m. All ages and experience levels are welcome for this 3.5-mile roundtrip walk on the Hickory Trail. 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.

2018 Parklands Explorer Schedule

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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