Nature Conservancy: Hike Keystone Gorge With Experts, 6/3

According to the latest research, as little as 15 minutes in the woods has been shown to reduce test subjects’ levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and lower blood pressure. Increase exposure to the sights, sounds, and smells of nature to 45 minutes and most individuals experience improvements in cognitive performance. Researchers in England have shown that access to green spaces reduces income-related mental health disparities. And the awe of being at a place like the Grand Canyon – or Telluride – or staring at the Milky Way affirms the mystery of the unknown and takes us out of ourselves. In awe, we stop staring at our belly buttons, stop ruminating (which contributes to depression), and magically feel connected to the larger world.

Dedication of Keystone Gorge in Colorado. copyright,@ Russ Schnitzer

Get your nature fix by joining The Nature Conservancy’s Senior Conservation Ecologist Terri Schulz; Southwest Colorado Land Steward, Nathan Moyer; and Director of Lands, David Ray for a hike through Telluride’s Keystone Gorge on Saturday, June 3, 3-5 p.m.

Explore the natural history along the trail with expert naturalists and hear about The Conservancy’s commitment to stewarding this property –and many others throughout the region – in perpetuity.

Contact Mandy Timbers to rsvp or with any questions at 910-368-9563.

More about TNC:

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since 1965, TNC been working in Colorado to do just that—helping to protect 1 million acres and improving 1,000 river miles across the state.

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Susan Viebrock

Susan Viebrock

Susan is Telluride Inside… and Out’s founder and editor-in-chief, the visionary on the team, in charge of content, concept and development. For 19+ years, Susan has covered Telluride’s cultural economy, which includes non-profits and special events. Much of her writing features high-profile individuals in the arts, entertainment, business, and politics. She is a former Citibank executive specializing in strategic planning and new business development, and a certified Viniyoga instructor.

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