Nature Walks

Spring 2019 Nature Walk Series

Enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of walking in our city’s natural environment. Join the CMA for a Nature Walk this season to experience outdoor movement. With exciting themes including Outdoor Play, Yoga, and Dance, there is something for everyone!

Walks happen on the second Saturday of each month. Led by certified Naturalist Nina Sampson and movement expert Bizz Varty, we will explore trails throughout London.

Our nature walks are FREE, family friendly, and all bodies are welcome. Some walks are more accessible for strollers and mobility devices. Learn more about themes, accessibility, leaders, and walk details at www.centreofmovement.ca

Note: the unpaved trails used in some walks will not accommodate mobility assistance devices, including strollers. Please see individual walk descriptions below for information on accessibility.

Questions? Email info@centreofmovement.ca or visit CentreofMovement.ca

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Spring Dates

      • April 13 @ 2:30 pm – Dance Walk with LIVE MUSIC
      • May 11 @ 10:30 am – Wildflower walk
      • June 8 @ 2:30 pm – Outdoor Play
    • More details for every walk coming soon…

Location: Springbank Park

Meet near the entrance to Storybook Gardens. Parking lot entrance is on Springbank Gate, on the North side of Commissioners Rd West.


Saturday April 13 @ 2:30-3:30pm

Dance Walk – Springbank Park

There’s no right or wrong way to dance walk, just get outside and groove, strut, shimmy and shake! For the first time ever we’re adding LIVE MUSIC by guitarist Michael Trudgen to inspire us as we stroll through Springbank Park. Bizz Varty will offer dance moves for you to try and outdoor enthusiast Nina Sampson will share information about the natural world around us! This walk will be approximately 60 minutes.

Meet by the seal statue near the gates to Storybook Gardens at 2:30 pm. Parking lot entrance is on Springbank Gate, on the North side of Commissioners Rd West.

Dress for the weather, this walk will happen rain, snow or shine. 

Accessibility: This walk will happen in paved trails and will be suitable for mobility devices, including strollers, weather permitting. 

Live music with Michael Trudgen. Photo by Chris Jenkins Photography

Michael Trudgen is a fingerstyle guitarist endorsed by Furch Guitars. He is based in London, Ontario.  He has two albums and can be found on popular music streaming sites!  His music is a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, and country. His performance on the Dance Walk is sponsored by the London Arts Council’s London Arts Live program.

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Saturday May 11 @10:30 AM
Wildflower Walk 

Explore the wonderful world of spring woodland wildflowers! Certified Naturalist Nina Sampson will share her knowledge of flowers on this stroll through Springbank Park.

Meet at the Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive (on the North side of Springbank, just West of Wonderland Rd.)

Accessibility: This walk will use unpaved trails and may not be easily accessible for mobility devices, including strollers.

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Saturday June 8 @ 2:30 PM
Outdoor Play

Reach, bend, squat, lunge and balance while exploring the Thames Valley Trail in St Julien Park. A fun outdoor workout and walk that will revive your child-like sense of wonder as we move in response to the natural landscape.

Meet near the entrance to Storybook Gardens. Parking lot entrance is on Springbank Gate, on the North side of Commissioners Rd West.

Accessibility: This walk will use unpaved trails and may not be easily accessible for mobility devices, including strollers.

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Nature Walks Press

See our article in the Western Gazette from January 2019: 

Nina and Bizz were interviewed on the physical and mental health benefits of walking on 106.9 the X, listen here:

More info on trail conditions, accessibility and themes coming soon!


Nina Sampson is an outdoor enthusiast, a certified Naturalist, and an environmental educator. Nina mission is to help people better understand how all aspects of nature are interconnected, including us humans!
 Bizz Varty is the Director of the Centre of Movement Arts and the London Dance Festival. Read her bio here.