What is the Cocoa & Company Hike Series?

Cocoa & Company is our new winter hike series! Each of our six partners are hosting a guided hike at their respective preserves and land. While you learn about outdoor programs and opportunities in the 815, you’ll be sipping on delicious hot chocolate – perfect for winter hikes! Please BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) to this event. This will help us cut down on waste. These hikes (and the hot cocoa) are completely FREE! Pre-registration is required. Sign up for the hikes using the links below! 

 

Cocoa & Company Hikes:

Rockford Park District Hike

Tuesday, February 14th: 7:00am – 9:00am at Alpine Hills. Sign up here.

  • Get ready to cozy up to your loved ones during this beautiful early morning Valentine’s Day hike through Alpine Hills. Begin the hike with lovely hot chocolate and coffee at the building before hitting the trails! You will be hiking just over a mile through the Freestyle and Magic Carpet trails. Pre-registration is required for this free hike.
Byron Forest Preserve District

Saturday, February 18th. 1:00pm – 2:30pm at Jarrett Prairie Center and Preserve. Sign up here.

  • Join us for a winter hike on the prairie and some hot cocoa! This hike is part of the 815 Outside series; partners include the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Natural Land Institute, Severson Dells Nature Center, Nature at the Confluence, and Rockford Park District. Bring a travel mug to take your cocoa on the hike.
Severson Dells Nature Center Hike

Saturday, February 25th. 10:00am – 11:30am at Severson Dells Nature Center. Sign up here.

  • Cocoa & Company is the new winter hike series with 815 Outside! Severson Dells Nature Center staff will take you on a whimsical winter hike through Severson Dells Forest Preserve. While you learn about outdoor programs and opportunities at Severson Dells Nature Center, you’ll be sipping on delicious hot chocolate – perfect for winter hikes! Please BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) to this event. This will help us cut down on waste. These hikes (and the hot cocoa) are completely FREE! Pre-registration is required.
Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Hike

Saturday, March 11th: 10:00am – 11:30am at Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve. Sign up here.

  • Warm up with complimentary hot cocoa before hitting the trails with your fearless 815 Outside guide. We will explore Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve and take in the early spring sights & sounds! We encourage you to bring your own mug for hot chocolate! All ages welcome. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Natural Land Institute Hike

Sunday, January 1st. 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Keefer Nature Reserve. Sign up here.

  • Start the New Year with NLI and 815 Outside as we partner to bring you a New Year’s Day Hike at the William & Gayle Keefer Nature Reserve. Bring your favorite warm beverage mug for Hot Cocoa, sponsored by 815 Outside and Charlie Sturm, and we’ll fill it up for you. NLI’s Laura Helmich will lead the tour and give you a sneak preview of this private Reserve that will open to the public in 2023. Be sure to dress for the weather in layers and wear sturdy boots. Moderate level hiking. Registration Required by Dec. 30, 2022. Parking: Use the Woodlands Park parking lot at the corner of Falcon Point Pl. and Park View Ct., Rockton.
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