If you want to get fit, or spend quality time with family and friends in the new year, here are three outdoor adventures to try this winter:
You can experience nature's treadmill by walking or hiking trails near you. Conservation areas and nature centers have many choices from easy walks to longer hikes. Instead of headphones and music, try listening to birds and other sounds along the way. With the leaves off the trees, it's easier to see birds. You may also catch a glimpse of animals that may not visit your backyard. You can reap the aerobic benefits while hiking with friends, or enjoy the quiet and solitude. Our nature centers' offer a place to warm up inside after your walk and feature exhibits to explore. You can find Conservation Areas and hiking trails on our website.
Winter trout fishing is also popular. Lakes are cold enough to support trout in the winter so some are stocked for close-to-home fishing. There are many choices around St. Louis and Kansas City for families to spend a day catching rainbows. Find all the information you need to know and where you can go for urban trout fishing on our website.
If you are feeling ambitious for something totally new and different, try tapping a maple tree this winter and making your own maple syrup. With a few supplies, and the right tree and time, your family can source their own breakfast syrup or candy. Bring the whole family out to see how it’s done at maple sugar events in St. Louis and Kansas City this February. Learn more about maple sugaring on our website and in the video below.