Recreation Northwest now offers daily walks and hikes for the public to get their recommended “Dose of Nature” in local Bellingham Parks. The organization aims to serve those who are looking to engage with nature, gain a sense of place, and connect with others outdoors in Bellingham. These regular outings are designed for people feeling burnout or isolation in this languishing age of anxiety and for those who are new to town that want to get to know local parks and connect with the community in nature. The organization also encourages you to “GTFO” and Get the Family (and friends) Outside with their complete list of activities and experiences.
“Over the course of the past two years we have witnessed resounding recognition for the value that the outdoors holds and the healing powers it provides,” describes Elizabeth Nelson, director of programs. “Our outings reflect our Parkscription’s program philosophy highlighting the mental, emotional, and community health benefits of nature while getting to know the local trails in our parks.”
Rotating between Bellingham Parks, the walks offer a casual level of activity at beginner skill levels, with minimal elevation gain and short distances. The hikes are for active people with beginner to intermediate skills featuring variable elevation gain and longer distances. The guided two and three hour outings will alternate day-to-day between walks and hikes for $15 per person. Scholarships and custom experiences are available.
“We are evolving to add more Outdoor Recreation & Nature Education programs for the public as the path forward to meet the needs of our community,” explains Todd Elsworth, executive director. People will have opportunities to learn essential outdoors skills, trail etiquette, and the benefits of nature through our variety of programming.”