Photo essay: Autumn Colors Hike at Havenwoods with Nearby Nature MKE
October 31, 2021 | Topics: Places
Text by Martina Patterson
Photos by Eddee Daniel
We begin by acknowledging that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland near where the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and where the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida and Mohican nations remain present.
We breathe deeply…. We find a space to stand or sit. We focus in on our senses; placing intent on what we wish to share, give, learn from this space. We ask permission from Nature to interact with this space….
We are thankful to all who are present for this Nearby Nature MKE Autumn Color Walk on such a beautiful day in Havenwoods State Forest! We take a moment to reacquaint ourselves with Nature; breathing deeply and delving into our senses; focusing on at least one aspect that we’d like to strengthen or deepen. Creating space to welcome Nature in. We explore the difference between conifers and deciduous trees, how leaves go through senescence, and some medicinal purposes of our state tree, the Sugar Maple. We spend some time visiting the Pine tree plantation; awakening the senses of sound, smell, and touch; learning about the medicinal uses of pine.
We close with the same breath exercise, placing intent on what we wish to share with our communities from this experience.
Note: Havenwoods State Forest, located on the north side of Milwaukee, includes 237 acres of grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, an urban arboretum, education gardens, and an education center. Lincoln Creek also runs through the property. More information on our Find-a-Park page.
Nearby Nature Milwaukee is an environmental justice and equity initiative begun by the Sierra Club, Great Waters Group.
Martina Patterson is a Master Naturalist and Arts and Nature Educator for Nearby Nature MKE. Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and Project Director for A Wealth of Nature.