Six Ways to Celebrate the Sun in Winnebago County

The Summer Solstice is an annual astronomical phenomenon that brings the longest day of the year and the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The solstice was an important cultural event in many ancient societies, and it remains one for some...

Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!

Practice these simple guidelines to maximize your fun outside What to BringSun protectionBug sprayFull water bottleFirst Aid KitWhat to WearWear long pants and long sleeves to avoid getting poison ivy, bug bites, and sunburnTuck your pant legs into your...

Join the “Explore 20 in 2020” Challenge!

Register for the "Explore 20 in 2020" Challenge"Explore 20 in 2020" is a fun challenge coordinated by 815 Outside.  We invite you to visit 20 local parks, preserves, trails and outdoor attractions and document your visits on social media to qualify for...

Stay Safe Outdoors During COVID-19

During this difficult time, it's to get outside and experience nature — there is a huge body of research that shows the benefits to physical, mental and emotional health. In order to protect our community and ourselves, it’s important to experience the outdoors safely...

Get Outside and Try Patch Birding or Yard Birding

Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a fun way to watch and keep track of all the birds in a specific areas. Patch Birding or Yard Birding is a way to list all of the bird species you have seen from a very specific, small site, like your yard or a specific patch of woods...

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....

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...

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