Reconnect with a Forest Hike

tress roanokeShinrin-Yoku might be a new concept for you, but it’s one we think you’re going to love.

Shinrin-Yoku is the idea that just being in the forest provides spiritual and physical healing.

Experience it for yourself Saturday, March 30 at Carvins Cove Natural Reserve.

The event from 1-4 p.m. will help you learn to tune your senses to connect with the forest and how bridging the gap can help improve your mental and physical health. Roanoke Parks and Recreation will provide a guided walk, forest meditation, and blood pressure readings before and after the workshop.

There is a suggested $15 donation; proceeds go to Trees Roanoke.

Trees Roanoke is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that started in May 2018. The Roanoke Tree Stewards and concerned citizens formed this organization in response to Roanoke’s suffering urban forest. Since the 2008 recession, the Urban Forestry Division of Roanoke Parks and Recreation has not had the necessary funding to maintain the tree replacement program, meaning trees are being removed around the city without others being planted in their place. It is estimated that more than 2,500 trees were lost along city streets and in parks over the last 10 years. This loss of trees lowers property values, raises ambient air temperatures, and reduces economic activity.

In conjunction with Roanoke’s Urban Forestry Division and the Roanoke Tree Stewards, Trees Roanoke intends to plant new trees. Additionally, the group wants to educate the public on the economic and environmental impact trees have on a community.