Experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature


Transition Bluffton will hold a public event on Tuesday, September 18, at the Bluffton University Nature Preserve during which participants will experience the emotional and health benefits of being in nature. Although modern technologies are making our life easier, more and more people are experiencing a sense of unease and anxiety. New scientific research is concluding that our being disconnected from nature may be the cause. Scientists are finding that a connection to the natural world is crucial for our health and well-being.
Join Beth Theisen, a naturalist at the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, to experience the calm and peace that nature provides as you decrease your stress hormones, your blood pressure, and your feelings of overwhelm. Participants will meet for this introductory experience at 6:30 pm in the main parking lot of the Bluffton University Nature Preserve located at 10535 Augsburger road in Bluffton. All are welcome to join us to reap the health benefits of being in nature!
In case of rain, the event will take place on October 2 at the same time and same place.

Biking Bluffton- How to travel the bike path in style (Part 1)

With the planned opening of the Augsburger Road phase of the Bluffton bike path set for later this month, it is a great time to talk about making Bluffton a bike-friendly town.  The new section of the bike path will connect Maple Crest Senior Living Village and Bluffton University Nature Preserve to Riverbend Rd.  This bike path extension allows travelers to get from the new development areas on Augsburger Rd and Maple Crest to downtown for shopping, then from downtown to the Village park for a picnic or softball game.

Many people in Bluffton pride themselves on their use of alternate transportation to work and for pleasure. However, in order to make the bike path (and bicycles in general) a practical form of transportation, shopping bags, picnic baskets or other small loads need to be effectively, efficiently carried across town. There is no right answer for how to carry a load on a bike, there is just what works for you.  The people that brought you the Mind The Gap Movie, a documentary on urban transportation, have a short video on way people carry loads on their bikes.

Bluffton Transition is dedicated to furthering the discussion of how to make Bluffton a more bike-friendly town.  The bike path is a great start, but a knowledgeable biking community will be what allows Bluffton to be a city other cities look to for alternative transportation inspiration.  What are some of your ideas?