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Beginning February 4, Avalon Nature Preserve in Stony Brook presents a 9-week virtual Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The classes will be held on consecutive Thursdays via Zoom from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 1.

Are you ready to be more active in your own well-being and health? Would you like to strengthen your resilience, improve coping with stress, and gain a sense of greater ease and balance in your life?

If so, this winter may be the time to join this supportive and experiential 9-week MBSR course that teaches, in a step-by-step fashion, the practice of mindfulness meditation for well-being in daily life.

Known as the Gold Standard for learning mindfulness meditation, MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts’ Medical Center has been featured in countless media segments, hundreds of research studies and is now offered all over the world in hospitals, schools, business and sports. And at Avalon for the past 10 years!

This course is offered by Cheryl Kurash, Ph.D, Psychologist and Certified MBSR Teacher through UMASS Center for Mindfulness

Want to know more? For additional information and to pre-register for the course,
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Join Avalon Nature Preserve in Stony Brook for a Beginning Mindfulness Meditation: The Basics class via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 21 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Instructor Cheryl Kurash, Ph.D, Psychologist and Certified MBSR Teacher through UMASS Center for Mindfulness, will present an introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation intended to strengthen inherent capacities for wellness and resilience during these challenging times. The class will review the fundamentals of mindfulness and guide several mindfulness practices to get you started.

Free but registration required. Click the Join us! box below to register and request the Zoom link for the class date you wish to attend.

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Visitors to Avalon Nature Preserve will find a new boardwalk along the mill pond. Photo by Rita J. Egan

Enjoying the great outdoors has become even easier at Avalon Nature Preserve.

Visitors to the preserve in Head of the Harbor, adjoining Stony Brook, will soon see the completion of a much-anticipated boardwalk. While nature lovers in the last few weeks have been able to enjoy the new boardwalk at the preserve, the Monday after Thanksgiving will see work begin for the installation of additional railings. The work will close part of the boardwalk near the grist mill Monday through Thursday, but it will be open to visitors Friday through Sunday. Katharine Griffiths, director of Avalon Nature Preserve, said the boardwalk should be completed by the beginning of the new year.

The boardwalk and other projects are part of the park’s strategic master plan. Work on the boardwalk began in March, but once the pandemic hit, construction halted for 10 weeks, according to Griffiths. Once work was able to begin again, production was delayed sporadically due to wait times on materials, as many supply chains were slowed due to the pandemic. Originally, the hope was for the boardwalk to be completed in May.

Griffiths said the preserve has also installed new benches along the boardwalk, and the upper frog pond is being repaired due to a hole in the liner. Trail systems have been redone and many paths have been resurfaced during the last few months, and due to the renovations, the park’s labyrinth will now only have one access point. Restorative plantings have been placed around the labyrinth as well as other areas in the park, and Griffiths said they will be more plantings in the spring. Currently, the frog pond and labyrinth are closed due to
the renovations.

With many seeking outdoor activities during the pandemic, Griffiths said she has seen an increase in visitors.

“When the world feels a little crazy, people want to come here to feel better,” she said.

Head of the Harbor resident Harlan Fischer said he visits the park often with his dogs. While he hasn’t seen all of the improvements yet, he’s thrilled with what he has seen so far. He described the preserve as an asset to the area.

“It’s a really neat place, the nature preserve,” he said. “Kathy Griffiths sees everything gets done and is really good at this.”

The park abuts the T. Bayles Minuse Mill Pond Park, which also will be undergoing a makeover of sorts. Maintained by The Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the duck pond park is in need of restoration after damage sustained during Tropical Storm Isaias in August when more than a dozen trees fell as the storm ripped through the park. There was also major damage to the park’s braille-engraved handrails, the borders maintaining the gardens and the walkways along the pond.

The entrance to Avalon Nature Preserve is located at the corner of Harbor Road and Route 25A in Stony Brook. Additional parking is available on Shep Jones Lane in Head of the Harbor.