RESPITE & SELF-CARE

Nature Walks for Caregivers 

Take some time out for yourself and enjoy nature with us.

In a Nutshell

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First and Third Saturdays (weather permitting)

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Only 10 Slots Available (First come, first served)

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Short questionnaire to participate

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Walks will last 45 minutes with a little stretching and friendly bobbing before and after.

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Snacks provided, but bring your own water (and bottle)

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Special group activity upon completion

What this is all about

We all know how good it is to exercise, but did you know that research shows that spending time in the forest is beneficial for you? 

Countless studies have shown that being in nature can:

  • lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels
  • reduce nervous system arousal
  • enhance immune system function
  • increase self-esteem
  • reduce anxiety, and
  • improve mood. 

(Want to know more? Visit this link: https://e360.yale.edu/features/ecopsychology-how-immersion-in-nature-benefits-your-health)

We’re going to test that hypothesis and find out for ourselves while exploring all the beauty the Kansas City area has to offer us. 

Scroll down to view our schedule and find out what the group reward for completing this series of walks will be! 

 

After you sign up

Here’s what you can expect:

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We'll reach out to you.

We’ll confirm your interest and then send you a short survey. 

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We'll send you the details about each walk in advance.

No surprises here! We want everyone to feel comfortable.

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You must attend 50% of our walks to get our special group activity.

At the end of our walks, we’ll all go to Powell Gardens. 

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We'll ask you some more questions at the end.

To measure how spending time in nature helped us, we’ll ask you a few more questions. In exchange, you’ll receive an admission to go with us to Powell Gardens when our walks are finished. 

Schedule

Place Date Time Location
Burr Oak Woods 7/2/2022 9:30am Blue Springs, MO
Mahaffie Creek Trail 7/16/2022 9:30am Olathe, KS
Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary 8/6/2022 9:30am Liberty, MO
Wyandotte County Lake Park 8/20/2022 9:30am Kansas City, KS
Lakeside Nature Center 9/3/2022 9:30am Kansas City, MO
George Owens 9/17/2022 9:30am Independence, MO
Missouri Riverfront Trail – ZONE 1 10/1/2022 9:30am Riverside, MO
Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center 10/15/2022 9:30am Olathe, KS
Parkville Nature Sanctuary 11/5/2022 3:00pm Parkville, MO
Longview Lake 11/19/2022 3:00pm Kansas City, MO or Grandview (we haven’t decided where to start)
Gary Haller Trail 12/3/2022 3:00pm Shawnee, KS
Winterset Park Nature Area 12/17/2022 3:00pm Lee’s Summit, MO
Maple Woods Natural Area 1/7/2023 3:00pm Gladstone, MO
River Bluff Nature Trail 1/21/2023 3:00pm Independence, MO
Lake Jacomo – TCHA-TO-GA TRAIL 2/4/2023 3:00pm Lee’s Summit, MO or at the Lake Jacomo Campground (we haven’t decided where to start)
Blue River Parkway Trail 2/18/2023 3:00pm Kansas City, MO
Blue Springs Lake – Lake Vista Trail 3/4/2023 3:00pm Blue Springs, MO
Little Blue Trace Trail 3/18/2023 3:00pm Independence, MO
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area 4/1/2023 9:30am Lee’s Summit, MO
Tomahawk Creek Trail 4/15/2023 9:30am Overland Park, KS
Line Creek Trail 5/6/2023 9:30am Riverside, MO
Riverfront Heritage Trail 5/20/2023 9:30am Kansas City, MO

Are you in?

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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