Are you looking to get in shape or spend quality time with family and friends this new year? Try these winter adventures.
Experience nature’s gym by walking or hiking trails near you. With the leaves off the trees you can see more open vistas on your trek. Conservation areas and nature centers have many choices from easy walks to longer hikes. Ditch the headphones and listen to the birds in stereo. Bring a friend and reap the aerobic benefits together, or refresh in quiet and solitude on your hike.
Winter trout fishing is also popular. Our lakes are cold enough to support trout in the winter so some are stocked for close-to-home fishing. Your family can spend the day catching rainbows without leaving the city.
To help find that perfect location for your next winter adventure, download the new MO Outdoors app.
You can tap almost any deciduous (broad leaves, not pine needles) tree in the late winter to collect sap for making syrup and sugar. However, sugar maple tree sap has the highest sugar content, around 3 percent. While this seems low, most other trees have only 1 percent or even less.
Learn everything you need to know about maple sugaring.