Basics of Birding
With binoculars and books in hand, join the Outdoor Adventure staff for a walk around our lush 150 acre property to seek out and identify those winged beauties. This class, designed for beginners, will give tips and pointers on how to prepare for and get started in the world of birding. With the diversity of the lake, forest, and farmland right here on our property, you are sure to encounter various types of native and migratory birds and gain some memories along the way.
Surrounding our glacial lake is an ecosystem teeming with life. Join us as we break down and identify the different forms of life the Bog has to offer. Edibles, medicinals, and endangered species of plants are just a small part of the Bog that is ever changing and fascinating.
Enjoy a tour of the Lodge's diverse flora while also exploring the science of botany. Learn about the plants and how to identify them, including how to use botany books and field guides and how to observe key characteristics of plants. The Botany Walk is led by Nathaniel Whitmore, The Lodge's Master Herbalist and shiatsu practitioner, who initially studied botany as a forager and medicinal herb harvester.
Cross Country Skiing
As the blankets of white snow cover the grounds, we encourage you to join the Outdoor Adventure staff for a beginner’s course in cross-county skiing. This class is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to use cross-county skis, focusing on the basics. This is also recommended for anyone who may need a quick refresher. Dress warm as you will be taking a glide around the property at the conclusion of the class.
As we travel along our rivers and estuaries, a national treasure can be spotted. The bald eagle, our country's emblem, takes up winter residence here, feasting on the rich food sources and entertaining all who catch a glimpse. Join us on a driving tour of the local waterways to search for these powerful and regal birds. Make sure to bring a camera and warm clothing in preparation for the many scenic stops along the way. This is an amazing opportunity to witness the eagles in their natural environment.
Forest Bathing for Winter Months
Join The Lodge at Woodloch's Certified Forest Bathing experts to learn about the philosophy of Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. During the winter months, there is even more need for the body and mind to engage with nature, but the extreme temperatures may be holding you back. Learn about the philosophy of the practice during an indoor session and learn new tips and suggestions for incorporating the practice into your life…even in the cold winter months. The short periods outside will include a slow and contemplative walk that will focus on keeping the body and mind in the present while teaching techniques for deep breathing, mind-body awareness as well as taking note of the little miracles of the forest. Shinrin-Yoku, otherwise known as Forest Bathing was coined in Japan and growing research shows that there is a marked decrease in stress-related hormones, a decrease in heart rates and lower blood pressure among other monumental benefits. Come and enjoy the healing powers of the nature that surrounds us.
Guided Nature Walk
Join Master Herbalist Nathaniel Whitmore for a casual walk on our beautiful grounds to learn about the many common plants that have both edible and medicinal properties.
Explore The Lodge grounds on a high-tech hunt for hidden "treasure" with help from our Outdoor Adventure Guides and a GPS. Usually off the beaten path and always a surprise, Geocaching is a fun way to learn about navigation and overland travel. Please wear sturdy shoes as many of the geocaches are hidden off trail.
Join us on a leisurely stroll through the ever changing grounds of The Lodge at Woodloch. Use this opportunity to learn about local history as well as the resident flora and fauna.
Expand your horizons with smartphone photography. Learn the best kept secrets to getting the most out of your cell phone pictures. Join our Outdoor Adventure Guides to discuss tips, tools, and apps for your cell phone. Practice your photo taking skills on The Lodge’s beautiful grounds. Once we’re back indoors, we’ll discuss recommendations on how to upload your photos and share them with others. Let’s get snap happy!
Quiet night air, stars so bright, a night song being played just for you. Join the outdoor adventure staff for a walk around our lush 150 acre property to explore the world that awaits us as the night unfolds. We will look for the many nocturnal wildlife that only come out at night. With the diversity of the lake, forest, and farmland right here on our property, you are sure to encounter various sounds and sights of the night.
As the temperature drops and the property changes from the lush green grasses and flowers to the bare tree branches and blankets of white, snow covered grounds; we encourage you to join the Outdoor Adventure staff for a beginner’s course in snowshoes. This class is designed for anyone who would like to learn how to use snowshoes, focusing on the basics. This class is also recommended for anyone who may want a quick refresher. Dress warm and wear water resistant boots as you will be taking a stroll around the property at the conclusion of the class.
Join the outdoor adventure team on a walk around the grounds at The Lodge at Woodloch as we peel back the blanket of our winter slumber and breathe in the new spring air. Every step you take brings new signs of life as the buds emerge, plants sprout, and animals come out of their yearly rest.
Winter Woods Walk
Whether by boot or snowshoe, follow your outdoor adventure guide on a tour of our property. Animal tracks, woodpecker holes and ground scratchings all give us signs of the diversity of fauna in the area. Take a fresh look into the winter woods, to see how much life really happens, even through the cooler months.