Nature is for Everyone
Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. They help people take better care of themselves, their communities, and their planet! Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With nearly 80 leaders in 30 states from around the country, they connect thousands of people to outdoor experiences, who are changing the face of conservation.
Latino Outdoors is a unique Latino-led organization. They are working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. As part of this work, they are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latino experience in the outdoors; providing greater opportunities for leadership, mentorship, professional opportunities and serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement. It is a space for the community to be present, share their voices, and showcase how conservation roots have been ingrained in Latino cultura for generations.
The Queer Nature program envisions and implements ecological awareness and place-based skills as vital and often overlooked parts of healing and wholing of populations who have been marginalized and even represented as ‘unnatural.’ Their curriculums go beyond recreation in nature to deep and creative engagement with the natural world to build inter-species alliances and an enduring sense of belonging.
Pride Outside strives to create LGBTQIA+ outdoor community and promotes relevant, inclusive opportunities outdoors. Check out their Facebook page.
Handicap Accessible Trails in Winnebago County – Click here for paved recreation paths and handicap accessible parks.
Therapeutic Recreation- Rockford Park District is committed to providing community based recreation to promote the development, maintenance, and expression of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities. Therapeutic recreation programs promote and/or provide access, inclusion, specialty recreation, leisure education, and skill development.
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.
Rock River Trail
The Rock River Trail is a National Water Trail, but there’s so much more to do and see. In fact, the Rock River Trail has 10 more intriguing trails to explore, including biking, hiking, birding, paddling and more! Head out to explore the beautiful Rock River!
Be A Local Citizen Scientist – Citizen Scientists are volunteering at forest preserves throughout Winnebago County to record observations of a variety of species along with the environmental conditions that support their presence here.
iNaturalist – iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. iNaturalist may be accessed via its website or from its mobile applications.
Be prepared for your outdoor adventure
Children & Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
National Geographic Resources
No matter where you live, gather friends and family and enjoy some time outdoors! Begin an outdoor project, like planting a garden, that will keep you in touch with nature for seasons to come.
Let’s Go. Get Outside
Let’s G.O.! is a youth-inspired, youth led Children & Nature initiative to rally people of all ages to get outside and spend time in nature. We’re encouraging inter-generational groups to get outside, be active, have fun and connect with nature. Families, teachers, students, mentors, grandparents and grand friends – especially children and youth – are invited and urged to participate.