Forest Bathing During COVID-19

Find Your Calm in Louisiana’s Special Places

In Japan, people practice something called forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath,” hence the term. The basic idea behind this practice is to simply be in nature and let your senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste be fully utilized to experience the peace and calm nature can bring. People today are more disconnected from nature than we’ve ever been. Indeed, the average American spends 93% of their time indoors. And yet now, more than ever, the world could use cleansing from the stress of sickness, joblessness, isolation, and the loss of loved ones due to Covid-19.

During this time of year, nature’s anthem of hope after a dark season can be seen and heard everywhere. Trees are budding, birds are chirping and life is regenerating. We hope you’ll find time for a “cleanse” in Louisiana’s special places. We’ve provided information about some natural areas where you can amble the day away, including on our own conservation properties.  We’ve done a bit of research and as of Earth Day, these places are open to the public. Please do follow CDC recommendations for social distancing and check provided websites for any last minute updates on public access. Enjoy and here is a downloadable Nature Treasure Hunt to take along and do with the kids! 

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