Park West is on the list of possible places for residents to adopt as part of an inititive by the city.

Starting this next week, Seguin will have an exciting new weekly event worth lending your time for.

The first of its kind “Walk with a Naturalist” program will see energetic Guadalupe County Master Naturalists guiding hopeful residents through the .8 mile long, circular trail every Tuesday at 9 a.m. until the end of April.

But this walk is much more than taking a stroll in your neighborhood. Taking advantage of the beautifully restored area of Park West, participants in the naturalist walks will get an education in local flora and fauna and why it’s so important to protect the natural, native ecosystems right in our community.

Walking through nature is also a great boon to one’s health. Regular exercise is always important, so why not do it with a beautiful backdrop and fresh air too?

According to a study by George Washington University, exercising for two hours once a week can make up for sitting at home or in an office the rest of the week. Walking through nature also lowers blood pressure and makes you feel better, Master Naturalist Nancy Masterson said.

The event also stands to make people with shared interests together, either through the educational value, the health aspect or just using the walk as an opportunity to get out and meet new people..

With educational, health and social benefits, Walking with a Naturalist is a win-win-win and sure to become a successful program in the next three months.

The Guadalupe Master Naturalists work hard work alongside the Seguin Parks and recreation and Guadalupe County AgriLife Extension Office for assisting with bridging the gap between nature and people.

There are a lot of reasons to love this area and the nature that is all around should be one of the top facets. There’s no better way to celebrate it than walking with a naturalist.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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