Meltzer Woods aerial, by Kyle Doles

National Self-Care Awareness Month: Find Your Zen in Nature

September is National Self-Care Awareness Month, a time to focus on personal health. One of the best ways to boost well-being is to spend time in nature.

We believe that everyone deserves access to nature. Part of our land protection mission is to enable Hoosiers to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors. Many studies show that time in nature promotes mental health and reduces stress. It can even enhance problem-solving skills.

Our nature preserves offer a variety of ways to connect with nature. Hiking, birdwatching, nature photography, and forest bathing are all encouraged! No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find a nature preserve that’s perfect for you.

If you want to relax and recharge this September, consider visiting one of our preserves. Here are a few highlighted properties that are perfect for self-care:

Visit Meltzer Woods, a rare and special place in Shelby County, Indiana.

This 95-acre property includes an old-growth forest, one of the last remaining fragments of its kind in the state. Majestic trees, some dating back to the 1600s, tower overhead. The forest canopy provides habitat for owls, hawks, and songbirds. Walk Meltzer’s easy trails to enjoy the peace of this special place.

Visit Oliver’s Woods, a nature oasis in the heart of Indianapolis.

This 53-acre hidden gem offers a nature break in a bustling commercial district. Explore along the White River and meander through the woods on our trail system. Our trail cam has recorded many native wildlife species! The canoe launch is available for folks who want to get on the water. You can even contribute a photo to  our citizen science project along Carmel Creek.

Visit the Fred and Dorothy Meyer Nature Preserve, a 68-acre nature immersion in Morgan County, Indiana.

This stunning preserve features dramatic hiking trails through a large forest block. It’s a unique opportunity to experience nature in its purest form. Look for rare native species. We’ve documented hooded, cerulean, and worm-eating warblers. It’s not unusual to see Eastern box turtles as well.

Of course, our properties offer more than a place for humans to rejuvenate. They also play an important role in conserving Indiana’s natural heritage. Protecting these special places ensures that future generations will be able to enjoy them as well. That includes future generations of wildlife!

So thank you for supporting CILTI and helping us protect land forever. We hope to see you on the trail this fall.

Find more places to escape the hustle and bustle of life here. Also watch for ways to enjoy nature in a group setting through our outreach events.

Shawndra Miller

Communications Manager

Shawndra is in charge of sharing our story and connecting you to our work. Through our print and online materials, she hopes to inspire your participation in protecting special places for future generations.