Take part in the new "Reconnect
with Nature Walks" program, which will be held on five Saturdays from
May through September.
In cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association's
walking initiative, the
Forest Preserve District is kicking off this program to encourage nature
lovers and fitness buffs to walk or run a variety of preserve trails
Instead of the former "Woods Walk"
program, which involved participants walking select trails on their own
time, this new program encourages participants to tackle the trail
challenge with other preserve patrons.
Join one or
more "Reconnect with Nature Walks" or complete them all. Each event in
the series will begin with a fun run at 9 a.m., followed by a walk at 10
a.m.The walk/runs are scheduled
outings will include distances for everyone's pace and fitness level: 1
mile, 2 miles or 3.1 miles (the distance of a 5K).
different community small business partner will be on site at
each event with activities and merchandise. Partners include DNA
of Crest Hill, Running Excels
of Frankfort and Naperville Running Company
of Naperville. Event participants are encouraged to bring their old athletic shoes for recycling, as each event will have a drop-off site.
All participants will receive a giveaway to
take home. Those who complete all five trails in the series whether it's at one of the organized events or on their own time will receive
a larger prize. Once all of the walks have been completed, participants can fill out their Nature Walks Log
in order to receive their prize.
"Reconnect with Nature Walks" are
perfect for walking groups and trail trekkers who are seeking new
terrain, runners revving up for a race, or "Woods Walk" veterans who are
looking for a new challenge.
The walks are free and
registration is not required. The program will be held on paved pathways
and natural surfaces across uneven terrain.