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Free nature outing for Mental Health Awareness Day Oct. 1

The 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Day at Epping Way is set for Saturday (Oct. 1).

The free event reflects the teamwork of the Wolf River Conservancy, Sylvamo and Memphis Shelby County Schools. It is designed to make use of nature to teach problem solving and coping mechanisms.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Visit www.wolfriver.org for more information.

The Mental Health Awareness Day event is set for 9 a.m. to noon at The Wolf River Greenway at Epping Way, 2630 Epping Way Drive Ext. in Raleigh. The day also will feature these free elements:

*Kayaking on Epping Way Lake.

*Speakers and educational resources from licensed counselors.

*Three Yoga demonstrations by The Yoga Kickback, African-American yoga instructor.

*Food from Shroomalicious, and cold-pressed juices from Raw Girls.

Guided nature walks and a hike to a hidden beach on the Wolf River.

*Job the Comfort Dog (the official comfort dog for Christ the King Lutheran School.)

*Activities for kids (firetrucks, crafts, contests and more).

The event also kicks off the free fall programming season for Wolf River Greenway. Starting October 1, visitors can Explore the Greenway (through nature walks), Sweat the Greenway (through fitness classes) and Paddle the Greenway (through kayaking sessions) at different trailheads along the Wolf River Greenway. 

The Wolf River Greenway, upon completion, will connect 22 Memphis neighborhoods and 853 acres of green space along a 26-mile paved nature trail, for walking, running and biking, from downtown (Mud Island) north to Collierville.

Fifteen miles of open trails now are available, with the most recently completed phase of trails running through the Frayser and Germantown areas. 


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