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Family Forest Bathing at the National Arboretum

  • US National Arboretum 2400 R Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

It’s way too hot out, but that doesn’t mean your family needs to be trapped indoors! The woods are 15 degrees cooler and the perfect place to cure cabin fever and beat the heat! Set screens down and come enjoy a sensory connection to nature with your whole family in the National Arboretum, the gemstone of DC’s natural wildspaces. Shinrin yoku translates to forest bathing, or taking in the forest atmosphere. Forest bathing is a chance to slow down. We’ll gently experience all of our senses to feel and be with the forest, rather than simply walking through it.

Join Clare Kelley, certified forest therapy guide, and Kelly Brown, Montessori director and certified forest therapy guide for an afternoon of unwinding and enjoying being nature. Through a series of invitations, children will have an opportunity to explore their natural inclination to explore and play while parents get time to slow down and relax. All are welcome, with or without children.