What Kind of Walker are You?

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What kind of nature trail walker are you?

Many of us enjoy stepping away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to walk in the stress-free environment on a nature trail. Everyone has their own way to enjoy nature, so what kind of trail walker are you?

Some people go to the beach, some explore the woodlands on a rustic blazed trail, some like to make their own trail, and others prefer social nature trails with clear marking and interpretive displays and activities. If you are someone who just loves to be outside, you might prefer walking in all those environments.

Once you have your place to go, how do you prefer to enjoy nature?

Social walkers love to walk and chat with friends or family, while others prefer to walk alone. Even solitary walkers might enjoy walking in nature differently. Some prefer walking with headphones and listening to music, where others prefer walking quietly absorbing every sound and smell with their senses.

Then there is the speed of the walk. The slowest walkers look at everything from the ground to the sky, turning over logs and looking under leaves. Sometimes they walk with a journal and camera in hand. There are the trail runners and joggers who just enjoy breathing in the fresh air as they whisk through the woods or along the beach. Most of us fall somewhere between, walking partially for fitness and partially for soaking in and enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells around us.

In addition, there are the gadgets. Some trail walkers prefer to leave all technology home including a cell phone. Others bring their cell phones for photos, social media, and an occasional google search. And there are those who go all out and have apps for logging in data like iMapInvasives, Merlin Bird ID, Leafsnap and more.

There is no right or wrong way to walk in nature, the most important part is to get outside and do it. Regardless of what type of trail walker you are, it’s important and healthy to take the time to connect and enter the stress-free zone in nature. Sometimes it’s even fun to go out and walk when the weather is not optimal. Often that is the best time to go explore. When the trails are quiet, you might find animals are more likely to be out and about.

Fun fact: did you know many trails are blazed? What that means is the trail is marked and often multiple trails can cross each other in a nature setting. Trails can be marked with signs, plastic or metal markers, or painted on trees. When dots are painted on trees, these dots can provide helpful information. Look for our new blaze markers coming out soon at CEED!

Long Island has an abundance of places to explore, but it is important that we protect what we have. Every time we remove a natural habitat, we leave less room for the other organisms to survive, and we also remove stress-free zones for our health and well-being. Something to think about next time out enjoying nature.

Let us know what kind of hiker you are, and some of your favorite places.  Email info@ceedli.org.


Sally Wellinger, Executive Director


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