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...

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Are you or your family looking for new places to check out, some company to hike with, or just a reason to be outside? Join 815 Outside AmeriCorps member Julie Uram on adventures around Winnebago County to explore nature, get active, and meet new people. All events...

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...

Indigenous History in Winnebago County

Indigenous History in Winnebago County

Territory Acknowledgement for Winnebago CountyWe acknowledge that Winnebago County resides within the traditional homelands of many Indigenous nations:Hoocąk (Ho-Chunk, formerly Winnebago)Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo)Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Odawa, and Ojibwe...

Orchards and the Great Outdoors

Orchards and the Great Outdoors

Apple orchards are one of the best parts of autumn! Embrace this fall by bringing your favorite local cider and snacks to a nearby natural area and soak in the fresh air and open space. Here are the closest trails to four local orchards, so you can turn...

Best Hiking in the 815

Best Hiking in the 815

Learn about the best trails in the area from local hikers who participated in the Explore 20 in 2020 Challenge! Name: Linda Niemiec  Age: 67  Favorite hiking spot: Kishwaukee Gorge North Comments: It’s a hikers paradise of diverse woodlands,...

Must-See Prairies in Bloom

Must-See Prairies in Bloom

Northern Illinois prairies in summer are a paradise for wildflower lovers. Local naturalists recommend these five preserves for breathtaking views and blooms.   Kieselburg County Forest Preserve 5801 Swanson Road, Roscoe, IL 61073 Kieselburg...

Six Ways to Celebrate the Sun in Winnebago County

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...

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