Review: Winter Bingo Challenge

Review: Winter Bingo Challenge

The Winter Bingo Challenge was coordinated by 815 Outside to encourage folks to get outside and make the most of winter 2021.  Participants could complete any five activities in a row to make a bingo, or try to complete all 25 activities.  The challenge has come to a...

Black History Month + Outdoors

Black History Month + Outdoors

In honor of Black History Month this February, we invite you to listen to and lift up Black voices and celebrate diversity in outdoor recreation and nature conservation.   Five important bits of history Did you know…  Rockford's Anna Page Park is approximately...

Beginner’s Guide to Fire

Beginner’s Guide to Fire

No backyard fire pit, no problem! Read or watch our instructions for creating a successful fire, choose a location, and head out on your fireside adventure. Building a fire is a fun and cozy outdoor activity. Toast a marshmallow, grill a meal, or just enjoy the...

Best Sunset Spots in the 815

Best Sunset Spots in the 815

Watching the sun go down is a great way to end your day with natural beauty. These spots offer some of the best views!     J. Norman Jensen Forest Preserve Jensen is a perfectly situated place to see the sunset along the curves of the great Rock River. Take...

Local Outdoor Gift Guide

Local Outdoor Gift Guide

We have rounded up all the local outdoor and nature related gift opportunities for you to find your place to get outside in the new year!       Nature at the Confluence Confluence Experiences offer unique, interactive activities for small, private groups from 4 to 6...

Recreate Responsibly: Winter Edition

Recreate Responsibly: Winter Edition

Our friends at Recreate Responsibly have winterized their guidelines. Make this your go-to checklist before heading outside this season! For information on outdoor winter hours and offerings across Winnebago County, check out our Winter Activities page.  ...

Family Gathering: Hike Edition

Family Gathering: Hike Edition

Keep the family healthy this holiday season with a nature walk or hike! Spending time together outside is a great alternative to indoor gatherings. Learn about child and parent approved trails from these local families!  Family last name: Mayfield Favorite outdoor...

Find Joy in hitting the “repeat button” in Nature

Find Joy in hitting the “repeat button” in Nature

By Therese Oldenburg, Executive Director, Nature At The Confluence   If we've learned anything from 2020, it's that there is a lot of beautiful places to visit and experience not far from home that can lift your spirit. What I've found most rewarding is walking...

Review: Explore 20 in 2020

Review: Explore 20 in 2020

  "Explore 20 in 2020" was a challenge coordinated by 815 Outside to encourage folks to get outside and explore new places over the summer of 2020.  Those who visited 20 local parks, preserves, trails and outdoor attractions and shared on social media were...

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