We are absolutely PUMPED to invite you to this therapeutic, safe, and family-friendly event.  Our un-Gala, if you will!  This is our creative and out-of-the-box annual fall fundraiser, and we hope you will all come and "Go the Distance" with us!



8:00AM - 6:00PM

$25 Donation per adult (kids walk free!)




What this is:

With many traditional summer activities being curtailed or shut down because of the coronavirus, perhaps, like the women at Safe Harbor, you've been rediscovering the simple joy and peace found in nature. Did you know that there are actually a host of scientific studies that have been measured and documented the positive effects of "forest bathing," as the Japanese call spending time in nature? Being in nature reduces stress; improves short-term memory and concentration; relieves depression, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms; and of course, has a myriad of physical health benefits.

At Safe Harbor we are stepping into the world of ecotherapy, and are inviting our champions to join us on the journey. That's why we're telling our annual gala to "take a hike!" this year and taking our fall fundraiser outdoors (well, that, and we can't safely gather 400 of our closest friends indoors just yet!). 

We're inviting champions to "step into the survivor journey" and join us for a therapeutic, safe, and family-friendly nature walk focused on ecotherapy and empathy. Our goals are to educate our champions on the survivors' experience and needs, teach about innovative nature-based healing modalities, and raise funds for operations and capital improvements in 2021.



We are looking for TRAIL GUIDES!

Instead of searching for Table Hosts for our annual Gala, we are searching for Trail Guides for our Nature Walk.  We need 50 Trail Guides on October 10th to bring 8-10 of their family and friends to John Bryan State Park.  Come get your nature therapy AND support Safe Harbor for the next year of operations and capital improvements on our two houses! 

Help us raise $10,000 with at least 50 Trail Guides leading a group of 8-10 hikers and $10,000 in business and church sponsorships!  

If you want to take next steps in supporting survivors of trauma, trafficking and addiction, contact us today! This event will be the PERFECT way to learn more about Eco-Therapy AND Empathy!  If you want to be a Trail Guide, Event Sponsor, or Volunteer for this event, contact Carin Ronk at carin@safeharborhouse.org

And we think you could A LOT better than these guys!


We are looking for EVENT SPONSORS!

Would you consider helping us reach - or exceed! - our goal of raising $10,000 in Event Sponsorships for the Safe Harbor Nature Walk? As this event is a replacement for our traditional annual gala, your gift would help us considerably in "going the distance" from 2020 to 2021. We aim to continue providing excellent trauma-informed programming and wrap-around social services to women recovering from severe trauma, sex-trafficking, and substance use disorders. We would great appreciate your partnership in pursuing this goal!

If interested in sponsoring our upcoming Nature Walk, please contact our Financial Coordinator, Carin Ronk at carin@safeharborhouse.org or mail your check to Safe Harbor House, P.O. Box 124, Springfield OH 45501, with "Nature Walk" in the memo line. You can also give online securely at the button below and email Carin to designate that gift as an Event Sponsorship.

We would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about the work of Safe Harbor or our upcoming fundraiser. Please feel free to contact Carin, or our Executive Director, Linda Mortensen at linda@safeharborhouse.org. Thank you for your consideration and support of the women at Safe Harbor!

Walk Details!

Starting at the ORTON PICNIC AREA at John Bryan State Park, walkers can choose one of 3 paths based on difficulty level and how long they'd like to walk. You can arrive anytime between 8:00AM - 6:00PM; the walk is self-paced. We suggest allowing for 90 minutes for the total experience, which will include several stations to stop and reflect.


We hope you'll snap some photos along the way, and tag Safe Harbor on Facebook or Instagram. We're using this hashtag for the event:



Registering in advance will help us plan, but feel free to simply show up on October 10th to walk.  You can register below!





Directions to Orton Picnic Area

Turn off of Rt. 343 onto Rt. 370 to head toward John Bryan State Park. After approximately one mile, turn LEFT at the entrance to John Bryan (you will see a large sign). Then take the first left, at a sign that says, "New South Gorge Bridge." (Another sign has arrows for Day Lodge and Mountain Biking Area.) Follow the road for 1.2 miles, past the Day Lodge, until it dead ends. There is a sizable parking lot at the dead end. That's where you'll find us!


Safe Harbor House
PO Box 124 
Springfield, OH 45501



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