The Skagit Nature Rx program provides resources to get people of all ages and abilities recreating outside. Most of our programs and resources are free for people to use as they like, when they like. Prefer a group experience? Then check out our instructor-led nature walks, available for a small fee.
Whether you are new to the outdoors or an outdoors enthusiast, come explore Skagit and experience the numerous mental and physical health benefits nature has to offer!
Hike of the Month
Nature & Health
Group Nature Walks
Spend time in some of the amazing parks and trails available in our area with one of our Out & About – Group Nature Walk programs. Over four weeks, small groups meet up for hour-long nature walks with friendly walk leaders in great locations.
Nature walks for those 55+
Explore local parks and trails with other active adults (55+) from the Skagit area. Every walk will include time to connect with other participants and to receive resources that we hope will foster a future in the outdoors.
Interested in exploring trails on your own? Our free Hike of the Month introduces you to various trails in our area. On the first Tuesday of each month, a different local hike will be added here on our website and included in our newsletter. Follow the map and directions provided for a self-guided walk, and get outside on your schedule and enjoy what nature has to offer!
BURLINGTON DIKE TRAIL
Nature and Health
Being outdoors helps decrease stress by reducing stress-producing hormones, lowering heart rate, and decreasing blood pressure.
Boosts Your Immune System
Spending time in nature can strengthen your immune system. Plants release airborne particles that when breathed in, have been found to increase your immune cell count and ultimately help you fight off disease.
Supports Healthy Brain Function
Did you know that going on a walk outdoors can help you think better, solve problems faster, and focus better on tasks?
Research has shown that individuals who spend time in nature experience reduced fatigue and increased energy levels.
Improves Mental Health
Did you know that people who spend time outdoors report lower stress levels, decreased anxiety, and less depression?
If you would like to receive information about our upcoming nature walks, Hike of the Month, and more, sign up for our Nature Rx newsletter!
No, given current CDC guidelines you are no longer required to wear a mask if you are fully vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated you are required to wear a mask if you are unable to maintain 6 ft of social distance.
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Not at this time, please leave your furry friend at home. Service dogs are welcome.
Donate Your Time
If you are interested in volunteering your time to help lead group walks, or if you have a special skill or knowledge such as bird watching, photography, environmental education, ect., we would love to hear from you!
“Often I was not really in the mood/wanting to go to the walks, however after I went I was so happy and proud of myself for attending. I will make more of an effort to remember how good I felt afterwards and motivate myself to get outside in nature more.”
“I enjoyed exploring Pomona Grange trails – the quiet pace, feel rested and healthy.”
“Well worth doing!! — Just do it!”
“Such great exercise and so fun seeing the areas we haven’t seen before. Any age group could do this and you don’t need any previous hiking experience.”
“It was always a fun, entertaining, informative walk. The instructions of when and where to meet were always clear and easy to follow. The walks were easy enough for anyone to participate and I loved learning about new places in the area.”
“It was fun to see and/or revisit some of our area’s beautiful trails and to meet new friends along the way. I hope to be able to connect again with the Skagit Nature Rx “Walking for Wellbeing” program, and to share it with family and friends.”