Join Our Winter Adventure Series

A Blog Story About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Join Our New Winter Adventure Series

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 12/15/21 1:10 PM

As the lakes freeze and the ground turns white, we’ll be adding a flurry of outdoor fun to our winter program lineup!

Because ice and snow can be unpredictable here in the Midwest, it’s difficult to plan too far in advance, so this winter we’re kicking off a new “Winter Adventure Series” featuring pop-up programs so you can take advantage of prime winter weather.

"Scheduling our programs a month or more in advance, we found that opportunities for fun and engaging recreation were being missed," said Adam Carlson, assistant manager of site operations. "These pop-up programs offer the flexibility to take advantage of seasonal changes and ultimately connect more folks to nature." 

Most programs will take place on weekends and school holidays, but all will be scheduled on short notice (usually three days in advance) so text EVENTS to 866-743-7332 to sign up for alerts, which you’ll get as soon as programs are set. We’ll also post info at and on Facebook.

Here’s a look at what we hope to offer!

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Ice Fishing for Beginners
Learn about techniques and equipment needed for a successful day out on the ice, and get tips for finding and catching fish in this two-hour program. Then, try your luck on the ice! Equipment and bait for up to 20 participants is provided. Participants should dress for the weather (warm boots, snowpants, and ice cleats are recommended). Participants may get wet as they pull fish out of the water, so a spare set of warm clothes is also recommended.

Hidden Lake, Wood Dale Grove $5




Put on a pair of snowshoes and get safety tips before setting off on a snowy course to navigate at your leisure in this 90-minute program. Equipment for up to 20 participants is available. Participants should dress in layers with a moisture-wicking base layer, a sweatshirt, and warm jacket. Warm boots, socks a hat and gloves are also recommended.

West DuPage Woods, McDowell Grove, Greene Valley, Timber Ridge, West Branch, or Danada $5



Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Join an outdoor scavenger hunt where you’ll look for evidence of wildlife in winter and examine nature’s intricacies.

Greene Valley, Herrick Lake, Churchill Woods, or Danada $5




Campfire Talks
Enjoy a warm fire and s’mores while talking with a ranger, learning about the preserves, and asking questions about ways to experience the great outdoors.

Greene Valley, McDowell Grove, Herrick Lake, Churchill Woods, or Waterfall Glen $5


So get your hats and scarves ready, and let’s think snow!



Topics: Insider, Locations, Trails, Recreation, Wildlife, Nature

Written by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County welcomes more than 6.2 million visitors a year; and manages nearly 26,000 acres in 60 forest preserves containing prairies, woodlands and wetlands.