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Let nature help you de-stress during Therapy Walk

Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael hosts guided experience

Get outdoors in nature for a walk specifically designed to de-stress the walkers.

Get outdoors in nature for a walk specifically designed to de-stress the walkers.

Courtesy Effie Yeaw Nature Center

Feeling stressed? A walk in nature is a proven way to help ease tension and lower stress levels. Mother Nature is good for you; gardens in general can help you feel more relaxed.

Get in touch with nature while lowering your blood pressure during a special Nature and Forest Therapy Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael.

Nature and forest therapy guide Jane McCluskey will lead the way.

“The forest provides more than we typically perceive,” she says. “Have you caught yourself day dreaming as you look out a window? Caught yourself laughing with baby animal videos? Forest therapy walks are not nature hikes and not meditation retreats. Drawing from old traditions and relatively new findings, nature and forest walks are brief immersions into something you create with nature.

“Forest therapy walks are slow journeys through an area populated by natural life,” she explains. “We cannot tell you what you will experience; we can only tell you what we will be doing in these guided visits. We sometimes walk, sometimes we touch the earth, sometimes we sit and sometimes we do something different.”

This is not about exercise, she adds, but experiencing nature on a personal level.

At Effie Yeaw Nature Center, there’s plenty of nature to experience. Located close to the American River, the center reserves a slice of nature now surrounded by suburbia. See native oaks and the wildlife that make those trees their home. Explore the center’s picturesque plantings, designed with bees and butterflies in mind.

Fee is $35; advance registration is required. Additional Therapy Walks are planned for Nov. 12 and Dec 3. Effie Yeaw Nature Center is located at 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael.

Details and registration: or 916-489-4918. 


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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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