As Black Friday sales begin earlier and become more intense, we are encouraging our Members and friends to lean into Green Friday. Green Friday started as a way to combat the consumer culture of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It inspires us not only to spend time in nature, but also move away from overconsumption and think about our relationship to planet Earth Many people choose to shop local and sustainable during this time and also take time to get outside and reflect in nature.
Studies have shown that time spent in nature is beneficial for our mental, social and physical health. According to the American Psychological Association, “Both correlational and experimental research have shown that interacting with nature has cognitive benefits.” Anecdotally it can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and anger, connect you to your local community, and more.
Time in Nature
“Getting outside for Green Friday is wonderful for your brain, body and pocketbook”, shares Jen Klein, Director of Outdoor Experience. “Choosing to spend time outdoors is a great option for solo adventures, groups of friends, and families alike, and it need not be a long trek.”
So, we invite you to join us outside this Green Friday, to reap the benefits of time spent in nature. After a full day of savoring all the food the season has to offer, lace up your shoes, pick up your walking stick, and find a place outdoors for you.
Klein adds, “Remember that outdoor explorations come in all different sizes and involve a myriad of outdoor pursuits. The important thing is that whatever Green Friday outdoor adventure you take, set an attainable goal, get out there and most importantly –HAVE FUN!”
In need of some inspiration? Commune with nature as you explore at your own pace with our Wildlife Walks. Going out with the kiddos, find stroller friendly hikes here. We also have a round-up for Best Easy Hiking Trails.
Hiking not your thing? Bring a book and take a nap. Earlier this year, we put together our Favorite Places to take a Nap.
This Green Friday, we are also offering some guided hikes for those who like a little structure. Hike with us at Weir River in Hingham, Crane Beach in Ipswich, Lyman Reserve in Bourne, Slocums River Reserve in Dartmouth, or The Brickyard in Chilmark.