Enjoy the Outdoors in Winnebago County

815 Outside is the area’s comprehensive resource for outdoor recreation; inviting residents and visitors of all walks of life to connect with the county’s natural areas in fun, new ways and develop healthy lifestyle habits. 815 Outside was born out of the idea that...

County-wide Collaborative Announced

Connecting the Community to Natural Treasures Today (4/26/19) Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney and Severson Dells Nature Center Director Ann Wasser announced the launch of the 815 Outside initiative today at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve at a news conference....

Get Outside, Get Healthy in Winnebago County Forest Preserves

Get Outside, Get Healthy! is a free program that encourages people of all ages to discover the health benefits of spending time in nature. Participants can connect with nature through a full schedule of diverse outdoor opportunities offered through a passport booklet....

100 Things To Do Outside Before You Grow Up!

Ready to get outside and have some fun? Don't know where to start? We've made a fun list of things you really, absolutely must do before you grow up.  And even if you think you have "grown up", you can still use this list to start checking off fun things to do...

Be prepared for your outside adventures

While there are no poisonous snakes or tigers in Winnebago County, it is still smart to be prepared to stay safe and maximize your fun outside! Ticks Tips Download our Preventing Tick Bites Guide full of tips on how to prevent tick bites and what to do if you get...

5 Reasons You Should to Get Your Dose of Vitamin N (Nature)

We know nature makes us feel good. It's why when the sun comes out everybody jumps for joy and heads outdoors. But did you know that nature can heal your over-stressed brain? Yes it can! And it can affect your body in other positive ways. But what dosage of Vitamin N...

Fill Your Nature Prescription: Get Outside and Get Healthy!

The healing power of nature awaits in the woods, prairies, trails, and rivers of Winnebago County. Article from Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Humans have an affinity for nature. We delight in its beauty. We seek it for recreation. But did you know that...

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