Two Nature Events to Get You Out of the House This Weekend

data blogAugust 16, 2021

There are two great opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy a nature-related event in New Canaan on Saturday, August 21st.

Check out these events:

Meadow Butterfly Walk

Join local lepidopterist (that’s the scientific term for moth and butterfly expert) Victor DeMasi at the Livingston-Higley Preserve for a 2-hour guided walk. You’ll observe and learn about the many species of moths and butterflies that frequent the area.

August is a peak month for moths and butterflies to be seen in yards and gardens and a portion of DeMasi’s presentation will focus on how habitats can be created in communities to promote their survival.

The tour will begin at 10 a.m. Advance registration is required. Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and bring water and sunscreen. Insect repellant should be applied before arriving to protect the habitat. 

(If bad weather causes the postponement of Saturday’s walk, it will be rescheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m.)

Forest Bathing Walk

In the 1980s, the practice of shinrin-yoku (also known as forest bathing) emerged as a mindfulness practice in Japan to help people who were suffering from tech-boom burnout or as an inspiration to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests.

The New Canaan Nature Center (144 Oenoke Ridge Road) will offer its own version of shinrin-yoku with a 2-hour guided walk beginning at 9 a.m. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or generally unwell, this is an opportunity to get out in nature and smell, listen, and observe everything that surrounds us.

Registration fee is $45 for members and non-members. Call (203) 966-9577 for registration information.