Connecting older adults with the health benefits of nature.

Released: August 26, 2022

Connecting older adults with the health benefits of nature.

“Connecting visitors to nature and promoting a healthy lifestyle is a natural fit for our state parks,” Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Assistant Superintendent, Jay T. Schneider said.

“Living Healthy in Nature” will meet the first Thursday of every month at varying locations. We will discuss healthy living tips while also spending time connecting with nature. Each month we will cover different health topics and explore nature. We will end with optional “bring your own lunch,” questions, and social time. Arrive dressed for the weather, prepared for moving outside, with drinking water and your optional sack lunch.

“The physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors in nature are important for people of all ages,” said Brandi Schneider, Director of Aging Services and Administration at the Schmieding Center. “With this program, we want to give older adults a fun way to enhance their health and well-being by connecting them to the outdoor resources in our area.”

According to a recent article in, “Studies point in one direction: Nature is not only nice to have, but it’s a have-to-have for physical health and cognitive function.”

For more information, you can listen to this interview we did with KUAF!

Where: Hobbs State Park, meet at the Van Winkle trailhead

Date: Thursday, September 1

Time: 10 am

Audience: 50 years old and up

Cost: Free, no reservations needed, binoculars provided

For more information call: 479-789-5000

Published On: August 26, 2022