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:

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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