The Healing Power of Nature


Being outdoors can have amazing health benefits. The Nature Center offers several ways to get outside.
People paddling canoes along a creek at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Paddling up a hidden creek can be the best prescription to cure your lack of nature. Photo Courtesy of Dianna Ball.

Spring is a great time to reconnect with the outdoors; it’s a time of rebirth for all things in nature — including our connection to it. Getting outside has an amazing healing effect on the mind, body, and soul.

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to facilitate this connection. It is a low-intensity outdoor activity that gives you total immersion in nature. The Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge offers many different styles of guided hikes for our guests. Our naturalist-led interpretive hikes allow you to see how everything in nature is connected — including us. If you’re looking for a more intense cardio-based hike, I’d recommend our hardcore hiking program. This hike is more than 6 miles long and gets the blood flowing.

Another way to get outdoors and enjoy nature is on the water. Canoeing and kayaking can be great ways to see nature from a different perspective. On one of our canoe tours, you work together with another individual to guide the canoe in the direction you want it to go. This team effort can be with a friend you bring — or a new friend you just met that morning. Kayaking can be just as rewarding, albeit less of a shared effort. There is nothing like being on the water early in the morning, listening to the sounds of wildlife surround you. Our hardcore kayaking program will be making its debut this year for those who would like to challenge their mental and physical capabilities. This program is double the length of a regular kayak tour and takes us through creeks hidden from the park’s general access areas.

Whatever satiates your soul, calms your mind, or gets your blood pumping, you can probably find it at the Refuge in abundance. We are looking forward to seeing you outside this year.

By Kenneth Nalley, Naturalist, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

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