Experiencing the Forest Through All Five Senses
With over 100,000 acres of public lands in Transylvania County, there is no shortage of experiences one can enjoy by getting into the woods. This month, Field Notes has enlisted the help of Torry Nergart, conservation easement manager at Conserving Carolina, to give us some insights on how you can get the most from Transylvania County’s treasured public lands.
Torry, why is it important to try and engage all five senses when you’re enjoying the outdoors?
“When I think about engaging the senses, I think about all five of them working together, collectively. You could call that ‘mindfulness’ and one of the easiest places to do that is in the forest. When we find natural connections, it gives us what we’re missing from modern living.
Personally, I have to burn off a little energy before I can be more mindful. So, I do a trail run or bike a little bit. Both of these activities have a way of burning off a little of the busy-ness. It kind of rattles out the distractions. Then, I’m prepared to take a deep breath and engage all my senses.”