Forest bathing program set in Washington

“Forest Bathing with a Forester: An Exploration in Nature” will take place Oct. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. at Steep Rock Preserve in Washington.

Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will lead participants on a three-mile hike.

Participants will meet at the main Steep Rock Preserve parking area adjacent to the riding ring at 2 Tunnel Road, then caravan down Tunnel Road to seasonal parking, where the hike will begin.

The program will take place rain or shine.

All ages are welcome, but note the hike’s length.

Hikers should expect gradual inclines and declines traveled at a leisurely pace.

Registration is helpful, but not required. Visit or calling 860-868-9131.

Ward studied forest biology and silviculture at Ohio State University and received a PhD degree in forest ecology at Purdue University.

He has been in the Department of Forestry & Horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1987, serving as chief scientist since 2004.

He is the author of over 90 papers and frequently speaks on a range of forestry topics.

Co-sponsoring the event is Lake Waramaug Association, whose mission is to preserve and protect the ecology of Lake Waramaug, its watershed, and environs.