Guided Forest Bathing at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

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Guided Forest Bathing at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Enjoy a slow, sensory experience in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, a research station for biodiversity and climate change.

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Fish Lake Nature Trails 23603-23699 Durant Street Northeast East Bethel, MN 55005

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  • 3 hours
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Awaken your senses and connect deeply to nature around and within you. Experience a gentle, sensory walk based on the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or "forest bathing", in Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.

Located 40 minutes north of the Twin Cities in East Bethel, this University of Minnesota research station is dedicated to long-term experiments on ecology, species biodiversity, and impacts of climate change.

Cedar Creek encompasses a diverse mosaic of prairie, savanna, sedge meadows, bogs, open water, and forests. For this event, we will follow the Fish Lake trail. This trail wends through savanna, lakeside forest, and marsh habitats.

To learn more about Cedar Creek and its ecological and scientific significance, click here.

Location: Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve - Fish Lake Nature Trail

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  • This activity will be held entirely outdoors, with access to a porta potty at the Fish Lake parking lot (our starting point).
  • Forest bathing will occur rain, shine, or snow. Please dress so you are comfortable for the weather. NOTE: On colder or windy days, I suggest wearing an extra layer, as we won't be moving fast!
  • Tea and light refreshments will be served to close the experience.
  • As this is a University of Minnesota facility, we will follow the UMN guidelines for COVID. I am up to date on COVID vaccinations, including an Omicron booster. At the time of posting (9/21/22), masks are not required in UMN facilities. You are welcome to mask and/or maintain spatial distance, based on your comfort level.
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Meet your Guide: Kirsten Welge, MPH, WFA

Kirsten is certified as a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide through the Association for Nature and Forest Therapy. She also holds Level III certification in Wildlife Track & Sign Identification and Wildlife Trailing through Cybertracker International.

As a volunteer with the Minnesota Wildlife Tracking Project, she has led numerous teams for public track & sign surveys at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve since 2017. She also coordinated a pilot study of forest bathing at Cedar Creek in 2021-22, guiding over 14 walks between Cedar Creek and Crosby Farm Regional Park. Kirsten also serves as a Seasonal Educator at Cedar Creek, teaching grade schoolers how to decipher track & sign to read stories on the land.

Learn more about Kirsten, forest bathing, and tracking at