Undoubtedly the best part of my day is spending time outside with my children. Hiking the trails at the Nature Center, visiting a local county or state park, or just getting outside in our own yard allows us a temporary respite from current events.
Interaction with nature is critical to staying grounded and allows us all to find a sense of normalcy and relief during this challenging time. A recent study published by Harvard Medical School finds that as little as 20 minutes in nature can lower stress hormones. Now more than ever, the mission of Indian Creek Nature Center is relevant to all!
At a time of year that is normally filled with field trips — and therefore the laughter and wonder of children — we are grateful that so many people are still hiking the trails, enjoying a picnic in the prairie, or watching birds. We remain committed to providing these opportunities for all even though our facilities are closed and probably will remain closed through all of May. This is all possible because of you! Here are some ways that you can stay connected with Indian Creek Nature Center and enjoy nature.
- Take a hike! Our trails and grounds are open 365 days a year from 5am – 10pm. Find printable trail maps here.
- Our education team has adapted some programs for online. Check out the opportunities available.
- Share why you are grateful for ICNC on social media using the hashtag #GratefulForICNC.
- Consider making a donation. Your support is important now more than ever.
- Join or renew your membership for member-only opportunities and savings.
As we all work to adjust to the new normal, it is important to remember the benefits that nature provides. I encourage you to get outside! Thank you for being a friend of Indian Creek Nature Center. I am grateful for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.