New Year, New You: Resolve to Get Active, Get Outside

The holidays are nearly over, and with them go the craziness of family, obligations, work crunch, gatherings, and so on. It’s almost time to take a breather before tackling those 2020 resolutions.

Reset your mind and body by connecting to nature. Forget the hustle and bustle of the holidays and relax while surrounded by trees and wilderness. Remember the magic of nature while you do.

When you go walking through the woods in winter, you can get that magical, calming feeling. The next time you’re out in nature – in the woods, on the Chattahoochee River, even in your own backyard – some surprising things can pop out if you just take the time to look. What animals can you hear rustling through the bushes, or birds crying in the sky? Do you see some moss or mushrooms among the rocks? What does the wind sound like?

Hiking through the woods at the Chattahoochee Nature Center offers you the chance to experience all this and more. Do you pause at the gravesite for solemn reflection? Do you explore the homestead ruins? Or just sit on a bench and take in all the quiet activity around you?

On one of the trails, if you slow down and stay really quiet, can you hear the fairies? The small, wonderful spirits of the woods have settled along the Kingfisher Trail of the Chattahoochee Nature Center for the winter. This favored nesting spot for the fair folk features dozens of nature-inspired homes, just the right size for your favorite fairies.

Family delivers fairy house

These homes are creatively made by locals who love the outdoors and making a little magic in their lives. Each fairy house has a unique story to tell.

“Our fairies have three main powers: water, fire and healing, which makes them friends of the forest and especially the lost or injured animals,” said Amanda Gastineau or her fairy house.

Another, home to Papillion the Dragon, tells the story of how he collects treasures from around the world, putting them on display.

“Though Papillion appears fearsome at first glance, he is happy to share his trinkets with the friendly fairy visitor,” said creator Emma Schell.

There’s even a fairy library (because every town needs a library!) courtesy of the Fulton County Library System.

“Welcome to the newly renovated Enchanted Wood Branch. Come check out our new outdoor reading room with snail parking and brand new books, including the Tinkerbell Tell-All!”

There are plenty of other fairy houses along the Enchanted Woodland Trail. Can you find them all and learn their stories? The Enchanted Woodland Trail exhibit runs December 15, 2019–February 29, 2020.

For more information on activities and holiday dates, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.