Bloedel Reserve provides a quiet, year-round escape from the bustle of the city, with something different to experience every season. Photo courtesy Bloedel Reserve.

Bloedel Reserve provides a quiet, year-round escape from the bustle of the city, with something different to experience every season. Photo courtesy Bloedel Reserve.

In Gratitude: Healthcare workers enjoy day of rejuvenation at Bloedel Reserve

No one is more deserving of our gratitude today than health care workers – a sentiment the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Bloedel Reserve take to heart on April 30.

Partnering for a Bloedel Reserve Gratitude Day, support from Founding Bloedel Business Partner member SCCA Peninsula will provide free admission to local healthcare workers, who continue to do so much for the community.

The day is a chance for Kitsap Peninsula health care workers to visit the expansive gardens for free, enjoy a well-deserved break, and take time to support their own wellness.

“As a member of the Kitsap Peninsula healthcare community, I am incredibly proud of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for partnering with the Bloedel Reserve in recognizing the tireless efforts of the medical community, particularly after the past two years,” said AnnaLiisa McGlinn, MD, radiation oncology SCCA Peninsula Clinic.

AnnaLiisa McGlinn, MD, radiation oncology SCCA Peninsula Clinic. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance photo

AnnaLiisa McGlinn, MD, radiation oncology SCCA Peninsula Clinic. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance photo

The clinic provides medical and radiation oncology services to the Kitsap Peninsula, making access to leading-edge cancer care more accessible to people in the Pacific Northwest.

Bloedel Reserve’s Gratitude Days are sponsored days of free admission to its 150 acres of gardens and forested trails, with the opportunity for sponsors to select another community non-profit to honor and benefit on their sponsored day, if they wish.

Partnerships in well-being

Partnerships like Gratitude Day help ensure more people can take advantage of the unique opportunities at Bloedel Reserve. That relationship is vital for both the community, and the Reserve.

“It’s a place of beauty, nature and rejuvenation, but without support from the community and everyone who visits us, we would not exist,” says Andre Ten Dam, Bloedel Reserve Director of Operations.

Providing a quiet, year-round escape from the bustle of the city, “people love the beauty of the gardens, and that every season there’s something different to experience,” he says.

Beyond Gratitude Days, the Reserve offers well-being programs like the free Strolls for Well-Being, a chance to immerse yourself in nature at the gardens and reflect on the experience, Ten Dam explains.

Following a virtual orientation, participants enjoy 12 weeks of independent self-guided walks, each built around a theme such as joy, awareness or gratitude, and keyed to various locations around the Reserve.

After attending a virtual orientation and receiving their six-month Reserve membership and Strolls for Well-Being guidebook, participants complete their walks during open hours as their own schedules permit, with Zoom gatherings at the mid-point and end to reflect on the experience.

Strolls for Well-Being at Bloedel Reserve from Bloedel Reserve on Vimeo.

The Bloedel Reserve is open open Tuesdays to Sundays, year-round, rain or shine, with timed ticket admission. Masks are also required for entry. To learn more about partnering with the Reserve for a future Gratitude Day, email giving@bloedelreserve.org or visit www.bloedelreserve.org

Bloedel Reserve’s Gratitude Days are sponsored days of free admission to its 150 acres of gardens and forested trails, with the opportunity for sponsors to select another community non-profit to honor and benefit on their sponsored day, if they wish.

Bloedel Reserve’s Gratitude Days are sponsored days of free admission to its 150 acres of gardens and forested trails, with the opportunity for sponsors to select another community non-profit to honor and benefit on their sponsored day, if they wish.




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