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.
Transition Bluffton is hosting a presentation on invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Botanist Bob Antibus will talk and take questions about invasive plants in northwest Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.
Invasive plants are non-native species that can threaten our natural resources. Problems caused by invasive plants include crowding out of native Ohio plants, loss of suitable foods for area wildlife, and less plant diversity.
A professor emeritus at Bluffton University, Antibus taught botany from 1980 to 2015. After completing PhD research in Point Barrow Alaska, he conducted funded research in the Lake District of England, Costa Rica, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Antibus also serves as a Johnny Appleseed Park District Commissioner and member of the Blanchard River Watershed Board.