Westminster College offers environmental education programs | Lifestyles

Westminster College’s Center for the Environment launches its series of summer educational programs with “Forest Therapy: Science Fact or Fiction?” at 9 a.m. Saturday at the college’s outdoor field station located at 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road in New Wilmington.

Participants will walk through the field station while learning about the presumed benefits of being in nature. Dr. Helen Boylan, Center Director and Professor of Chemistry, will guide participants through experiencing the elements of forest therapy while explaining some of the scientific research behind these practices. This session is open to ages 16 and up.

“Westminster has wonderful outdoor resources, and through our summer programs, community members can experience them,” Boylan said.

The center will offer an assortment of community-based educational programs suitable for families, children and adults this summer. Most weekly outdoor events will take place on Wednesday evenings or Saturday mornings through mid-August at the Field Station. All workshops will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

“The Environment Center’s mission is to connect people with each other and with the natural world, and our summer programs are a great way to do that,” Boylan said.

Other programs this summer include:

• Beginner archery: June 16

• Tick Education: June 19

• Historical Walk in Cascade Park: June 26

• Science and folklore of fireflies: June 30

•Home Tweet Home — Learn more about the Eastern Bluebird: July 7

• Visit to the Westminster College apiary: July 10

• Botanical Wearables: July 17

• An introduction to beekeeping: July 19, July 21 and July 23

• Mindfulness/Outdoor Yoga: July 24

• Recycled bird feeders: July 31

• Campfire Stories: August 4

• Campfire Food Chemistry: August 11

To see the full list of programs and more details on each session or to register for a workshop, visit https://www.westminster.edu/academics/center-for-environment/summer-programming/community-schedule.cfm .

Registration is required for events, and most workshops are $10. Scholarships are available for those in financial difficulty. Some sessions are wheelchair accessible.

Please call for details and to inquire about participants with other challenges.

For questions about the Center for the Environment’s summer programs, contact Katie Miller at millerke@westminster.edu or (724) 946-7404 or visit www.westminster.edu/environment.