Take It Outside

We want you to Take It Outside!

No matter the season, there is plenty to explore in the great outdoors! We want you to spend the year taking it outside, exploring new and familiar places in the name of embracing nature and all it has to offer.  

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on a trail near your home, a multi-mile bike ride that takes you to places unknown or a program that kicks you into a new gear or winds you down, the Forest Preserve District hopes to spark your trek into nature.

Need a little motivation? Go on a wild goose chase through our interactive challenge.

Looking to try something new this winter? Or maybe you need a new place to explore? Check out these cold-weather recreation ideas: 



 


Winter got you feeling blue? 

Need a little inspiration to make the most of the season? Here are five ways you can make the most of winter, be in from your own backyard or neighborhood or visiting someplace new. 

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The best places to hike in Will County

Hiking isn’t just a fair-weather activity. The barren winter landscape provides opportunities to see things we might miss at other times of the year. Plus a little fresh air in winter never hurt anyone. 

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Listening to nature is good for you

You don’t have to be active to make your time spent in the great outdoors meaningful. Even just listening to nature is good for your physical and mental health and can lower your stress levels. 

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Want to pass on a love of nature to your kids?

You don’t have to be active to make your time spent in the great outdoors meaningful. Even just listening to nature is good for your physical and mental health and can lower your stress levels. 

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Goodenow Grove: Plenty to do and see in any season

At 891 acres, Goodenow Grove is one of the Forest Preserve District’s largest preserves, and it’s a great place to explore throughout the year. With miles and miles of trails traversing every type of habitat, no two trips will be alike. Enjoy a quick hike around Snapper Pond or plan a longer trip out to the big bridge to enjoy the scenic views. And don’t forget your sleds if there’s snow on the ground! The sled hill near the nature center is one of just a few places in the preserves where you can fulfill your need for speed. 

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Funding for this campaign is provided by The Nature Foundation of Will County