Forest Therapy Walks

Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy Guided Walks take participants slowly and intentionally through Nature. The Guide gives a series of place-based invitations to connect to your senses, to yourself, and to others. Through the place-based invitations, the participant(s) gain a deeper appreciation of the many living and non-living things in the Washington Arboretum through moving slowly, and mindfully through the trails.
As the participant(s) moves around through the practice of Forest Therapy, they will gain a deep appreciation of the land in 20-30 minute increments of silent, reflective, and imaginative interaction with the area around them.

Since the walks are three hours, please make sure to dress in layers and possibly have a rain jacket or umbrella, if the weather indicates.

Public and Professional Classes Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted in writing and postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed two weeks prior to the class date. E-mail requests will receive an e-mail confirmation within two business days. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please call 206-685-8033 to inquire about the status of your request. Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% processing charge (minimum $10). Cancellations with less than one week's notice are non-refundable. If a program is cancelled by UW Botanic Gardens for any reason, a full refund will be made to all enrollees. Refunds may take four weeks to process.

Summer Camp Refund Policy
Summer Camp participants are subject to the following policies: For cancellation at least 14 days prior to camp, a full refund minus a processing fee of $40 per cancelled camp program and $10 per cancelled extended camp program will be provided. For cancellation less than two weeks prior to camp, or non-completion of camp, no refund will be provided.

Late Pick-Up Policy
If you are more than 10 minutes late to pick up your child at the end of camp (after 3pm) then we will enroll your child in aftercare until you arrive. The cost for one day of after care is $16 and you can pay by cash, check or credit card upon pick up.

After Care Late Fees
If you are late to pick up your child from aftercare we will charge you $1 for every minute after 5pm. Starting at 5:15pm the rate jumps to $3/minute. You can pay by cash, check or credit card upon pick up.

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

UW Botanic Gardens is an international hub for plant science and ecosystem research, teaching, and stewardship. The nationally renowned living plant collection contains over 10,000 specimens. It's located around the shoreline of Union Bay on Lake Washington. You’ll find many opportunities for individual enjoyment and learning, as well as guided tours, classes and other programs.

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Reviews of University of Washington Botanic Gardens

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Kevin W.
I was a student in Classics 205, a three-credit class that included a "field trip" to the botanical garden. I loved that class, and not just because it included a little excursion in May 2011 to the beautiful house of exotic plants on campus. But now that I'm introduced to the place, I might as well review it and talk about all the plants I saw and the long Latin names that they've been given. The house is made of glass and is humid inside for obvious reasons. The plants themselves are quite varied, some are potted, some are in water, some are encased in glass, some are even hanging from above. It's not in every garden in the world that you get to see so much floral diversity in such a small space. My assignment here was to break down the plants' names and deduce what they mean. In addition to being able to witness all these wonderful plants close up, I got to analyze the meanings of Drosera binata dichotoma, Podocarpus macrophyllus, Pleurothallis leptifolia, just to name a few. You can copy and paste those names into Google to see that I'm not making any of this up. And the best part of this all is that it's free! This class didn't even cost me any extra tuition, but entrance is free of charge as well. The place is open to the public, and let's be honest. Where else can you go to see these plants first hand? It's like a zoo for plants, but it's on the UW campus and you can just walk in. Plus, it made learning fun!