The Westminster College Environmental Center is launching its series of summer education programs with “Forest Therapy: Science Fact or Fiction? at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at the college outdoor station located at 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road in New Wilmington.
Participants will walk through the field station while learning about the purported benefits of being in nature. Center director and chemistry professor Dr. Helen Boylan will guide participants through experiencing the elements of forest therapy while explaining some of the scientific research behind these practices. This session is open to people aged 16 and over.
“Westminster has some wonderful outdoor resources and through our summer programs community members can experience them,” Boylan said.
The center will offer an assortment of community education programs tailored to families, children and adults this summer. Most of the weekly outdoor events will take place on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings through mid-August at the field station. All workshops will follow COVID-19 security protocols.
“The mission of the Center for the Environment is to connect people with each other and with the natural world, and our summer programs are a great way to do that,” Boylan said.
Other programs this summer include:
• Archery for beginners: June 16
• Tick education: June 19
• Historical walk in Cascade Park: June 26
• Science and folklore of fireflies: June 30
• Home Tweet Home – Learn more about the eastern bluebirds: July 7
• Visit to the Westminster College apiary: July 10
• Botanical clothing: July 17
• An introduction to beekeeping: July 19, 21 and 23
• Mindfulness / outdoor yoga: July 24
• Recycled bird feeders: July 31
• Campfire stories: August 4
• Food chemistry at the campfire: August 11
To view the full list of programs and more details on each session or to register for a workshop, visit https://www.westminster.edu/academics/center-for-environment/summer-programming/community-schedule.cfm.
Registration is required for events and most workshops cost $ 10. Scholarships are available for those who are in financial difficulty. Some sessions are wheelchair accessible.
Please call for details and to inquire about participants with other challenges.