Sharing the wonders of nature.
CEED believes that sharing the wonders of nature and preserving the natural world is furthered through collaboration, cooperation and the sharing of resources. In that spirit, and in line with our mission to provide quality nature programming, education and experience to our community, we partner with nature, outdoor, and environmental organizations in need of outdoor program space.
Current Program Partners include Aishling Forest School and Long Island Forest Walks. If your organization is interested in partnering with CEED, please call or email us for more information and details about our reasonable introductory site fees.
Aishling Forest School
Aishling Forest School was founded by Jordan Manfredi, a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner endorsed by the Forest School Association. Its diverse leaders have 300+ hours of ‘dirt time’ as Forest School practitioners and travel the world expanding their nature connection education. Forest School is an inspirational and immersive process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.
Nature is both calming and stimulating at the same time. Just being in a natural environment makes us feel centered, at ease and at home. Forest School presents learners with captivating sights, smells and textures, stimulating all of the senses. The more kids engage their senses, the more they take in and turn new information into knowledge.
Long Island Forest Walks
Master naturalist and founder of Long Island Forest Walks, Linda Lombardo, is Long Island’s only certified Forest Therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing, is more than a walk or hike in nature. It’s a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. It’s an experience designed to connect you with the natural world and ultimately, to yourself.
With roots in the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku*, Forest Bathing’s amazing wellness benefits include: a boost to your immune system, lower cortisol and other stress hormone levels, better sleep, reduced blood pressure, improved cognitive function and ability to focus–even in children with ADHD–improved mood and energy, and more.
It’s an experience that’s destined to become part of your everyday routine rather than just a one-time event.
Forest Therapy is also a sacred activism to rebuild a regenerative culture; the kind of culture Indigenous people knew; the kind of culture that perhaps our own ancestors knew. When nature becomes personal again, we will begin to heal ourselves and our relationship with the natural world.
*Shinrin Yoku is an established public health practice in Japan that translates in English to Forest Bathing. It is a growing global wellness movement backed by 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in nature.
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