Winter blues got you down? Cheer up. You don’t have to hide away or hibernate until spring finally arrives; there is plenty to see and do in Chicago’s wilderness even in the depths of this sometimes-challenging season:
Critter tracking: Winter is the perfect time to look for evidence of our sometimes-secretive animal neighbors, as they leave their footprints behind in the snow. Visit a local park, preserve, or just head into your backyard after a new snowfall to look for signs of recent four-legged visitors.
Go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing: Most of the area forest preserves, park districts, and outdoor museums offer groomed trails, rentals, and/or lessons. Visit their websites for information, or check out top recommendation lists like this one.
Take the family sledding: There are great spots for sledding and tubing in and around Chicago. Read about them here, then grab your sled and get going!
If you love nature but prefer to stay indoors until warmer weather returns, take some time to reflect on thought-provoking questions about nature and humanity’s place within it. Visit www.humansandnature.org to consider our complex relationship with the natural world and add your voice to the conversation about it.
However you choose to enjoy the winter, know that spring will arrive sooner than you know it – and with it, a host of new opportunities to explore and enjoy our amazing Chicago wilderness!