Wellness Naturally

By Dauphin County Parks & Recreation (other events)

2 Dates Through Oct 02, 2021

Studies on the wellness benefits of time in nature have provided actual data that documents the wellness benefits of:  reduced blood pressure, reduced heart rate, lower blood-sugar levels, boosting the immune system, improve concentration and memory and improve energy; to name a few. So come, enjoy a slow walk designed to encourage exploration, interaction, and connection with the environment through the senses.

Explore a shortened version of a forest bathing walk- by taking a forest shower. You'll be invited to explore the natural world around you while supporting restorative wellness benefits. Your time in the forest is both experiential and educational providing an informative component as to the wellness benefits of time in nature. 

Note:  In the event of heavy rain or severe winds, this program has a "rain" date of Saturday, September 25th for the September 18th program, and October 9th for the October 2nd program.  In the event of light rain, the class would proceed as scheduled.   You will be notified via email if a weather postponement is necessary. Thank you.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the event in order to sign in.

What should I bring? 

  • Personal drinking water and a light snack.
  • Wear UV-safe sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen to apply on any skin that is exposed to the light. It is also good to use a lip balm to protect your lips.
  • You may wish to bring a light cushion for your comfort if you choose to sit on the ground.
  • Insect/Tick Repellent
  • Hat

What should I wear?

Any outdoor adventure requires dressing in layers. The mornings can be damp and chilly with warmer temperatures arriving as the day progresses. The daily changes in the weather can be unpredictable.

Plan on adding and removing layers as needed. As you warm up, take off a layer or two. When you stop to rest, put on one or more layers of clothing. Don’t let yourself get too cold or too hot. Outdoor activities are safer and more enjoyable when you are comfortable, so don’t hesitate to stop and adjust your layers.

Footwear: Look for comfortable, sturdy shoes/boots. Flip flops/sandals will not provide safe footing.

This is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. A portion of the program costs for this class have been funded by this sponsorship.

This walk will be led by presenter Suzann Schiemer.  Here's a bit more on Suzann's extenstive background in this area:

Suzann's Bio Information:

  • Certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Forest Therapy Guide
  • Certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Place-based Forest Therapy Guide 
  • Certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist
  • Guided numerous walks in Pennsylvania state parks, county parks, and private lands. See listing below.

Sinnemahoning State Park (Women in the Wilds), Nescopeck State Park, Ricketts Glen State Park, Black Moshannon State Park (Women in the Wilds), Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Endless Mountain Zendo, Douglas Farm B&B, Pump House B & B, Branch Valley Fish, Game, and Forestry Association (Women in the Outdoors) and Kocher Park

Provided a number of Forest Bathing presentations at universities, conferences, state parks, and an ANFT Training held in Puerto Rico. See listing below.

Slippery Rock University, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Forest Landowners Conference - Penn State University, Nescopeck State Park, Bloomsburg University, and an Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Training in Puerto Rico

Former Physical Educator and Health Educator - Bloomsburg Area School District

Former Educational Consultant - Pennsylvania Department of Education and American Master Teacher Program 

Covid-19 Update: In the past few weeks there has been an increase in COVID cases among the unvaccinated (children included). The new variant, Delta, has a high transmission rate. The CDC has elevated the Dauphin County community to be that of substantial risk of exposure. We strongly encourage our guests to wear masks during this program until you can be socially distanced from others. While we encourage mask wearing, we are not mandating it.  

Dauphin County Parks & Recreation

Mailing Address

100 Fort Hunter Road Harrisburg, PA 17110