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During these difficult COVID times or during normal circumstances, science has proven that children and adults of all ages experience positive results from mindfulness and nature while hiking; especially the beautiful trails of Steep Rock Association. Being in nature is sensory immersive and a wonderful landscape for exploring nature and mindfulness. 

Benefits: Boosts memory and focus, promotes empathy, reduces stress, improves attention and focus in school, and is just simply FUN!

When: Saturdays 

Time: 9:30-11:30 am

Meeting Places for Hikes: Steep Rock meeting place at Hauser Bridge; Hidden Valley meeting place at Bee Brook off Route 47 larger dirt parking lot; Macricostas meeting place off Christian Road parking lot near Judea Gardens

Who: 2nd-8th graders

Cost: $40.00 per hike

Suggestions for what to bring on your hike: water, snack, weather suitable/hiking attire, comfortable/sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, bug repellent

To reserve your spot and for more information: call 860-671-4474 or email 

Instructors: Roxanne Kraft and Alan Arellano

Roxanne is a long-time Washington resident who appreciates the beauty of the area. She enjoys hiking and backpacking wherever she travels; frequently hiking the trails in Steep Rock and throughout Connecticut, including the CT Appalachian Trail.

As an experienced Special Education Teacher, she has an understanding of working with students of all ages. She is currently working towards her certification as a Mindfulness Instructor enrolled in the Mindful Schools program. She has been practicing Mindfulness for many years and has incorporated the practice into her classroom as well as bringing it with her into the outdoors.

Alan has held many positions throughout his career as a Bio-Medical Photographer and Chief Medical Photographer for the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Alan also serves as a  Special Education Family Advocate, Program Director for Horizons Student Enrichment Program, and music programs with INTEMPO in Stamford, CT to Fitness and Spinning Instructor and Outdoor Adventure Guide. 

Alan has traveled the world filming, photographing and hiking/cycling, and trail running. His favorite landing spots are in the Southwest and most recently, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, and Mt. Whitney area.                               

Alan is currently busy with documenting nature and landscape photography for his own personal library to share with possible gallery showings in Connecticut and California. Alan also is a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard serving in Search and Rescue Operations and Law Enforcement.

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