A Prescription for Nature
March 16, 2021
By Tracy Begley, Marketing Specialist
Spring officially arrived with the vernal equinox. It is often seen as a time of renewal as the seasons change and the landscape begins to turn green all around you. Trees show off their new bright green leaves, plants emerge from the ground, and buds begin to form. All of these things are triggered by longer days and warmer temperatures. Spring Break happens right around the start of spring and is a week off from school responsibilities. Families feel like they can officially kick off the season and recharge for the remaining few months of the school year.
Have you ever considered that adults need Spring Break too? Whether you have school age children or not, taking off time as the days start to get longer has physical and mental benefits. You can even take a mini-break to achieve the same benefits.
The biggest physical and mental benefits will come when your Spring Break includes time spent outside exploring and engaging in nature. The New York Times has reported that “Doctors around the world have begun prescribing time in nature as a way of improving their patient’s health.”
Here at the Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) we can help all ages fill that prescription!
Alicia Thompson, Senior Director of Community Programs, shared the following, “When we create programs for children, families and adults, we always keep the CNC mission in mind to connect people to nature. We provide opportunities for everyone to get outside by visiting the grounds or participating in programs and events. Nature is our business and we look forward to welcoming you!”
Along with visiting the grounds, hiking the trails and exploring the Wildlife Walk at CNC, we have several bonus Spring Break activities. You will find something for everyone to connect with nature!
>> Soar through the skies with Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures. A great activity for most ages that includes an aerial adventure course and zipline. You can get up to 55 feet in the air on one of the 7 ziplines that stretches up to 500 feet! The zipline tours are a popular activity so reservations are highly recommended. Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures is daily April 2-11 and open weekends until Memorial Day.
>> Family Canoe Day on April 2 officially opens canoe season at CNC! Family Canoe Day is great for first time paddlers, families with younger kids, or adults coming back to the sport.
>> April 5-9 you can join a CNC Naturalist for a bonus guided hike along with trails. You will learn and then practice your taxonomy skills. If you are not sure what taxonomy is then this is the hike for you!
>> Date Night Canoe Trips and Guided River Canoe trips along the Chattahoochee River kick off on April 9. A trip down the river is a great way to connect with nature and recharge!
>> April 9th you can take a CNC Naturalist led Night Hike and visit with one of our resident animals. Explore the sounds of night along the trail.
>> EcoTinker Science Stations will be open daily through May 31. A self-paced activity that explores the connection between STEM and nature. Learn all about recycling and consumer science at 5 interactive stations.
So how will you spend your Spring Break? What way will you get outside and fill your prescription for nature? Don’t forget EVERYONE needs a break so find a way to connect with nature by visiting. We can’t wait to see you in the sky, on the trails, or in the water. Plan your visit today!
You can always tag us on Instagram at @chattahoocheenaturecenter so we can see and share your adventures!