Feeling cooped up? 4 Ways to Get out and Enjoy Winter


Feeling cooped up? 4 Ways to Get out and Enjoy Winter

It’s late January, about the time that every Minnesotan gets a little antsy from being cooped up inside for months. Don’t let the cold get you down! Minnesota DNR has plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors – just bundle up and be ready to learn something new!

1. Snowshoeing: a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while exploring the tundra landscape! Several times a month, the DNR has snowshoeing 101 classes at various state parks, where you are able to reserve (for free) a pair of snowshoes to give it a whirl! View the full list of snowshoeing activities here.

2. Winter Wildlife: Learn more about winter wildlife, learn to read tracks, discover the joy of bird watching. View a full list of wildlife viewing events here.

3. Candlelight events: Looking for something a little more laidback? Candlelight events are on shorter, easier trails lit by lanterns or candles. You can enjoy the candlelit paths while walking, snowshoeing or skiing. View a full list of candelight activities here.

4. Winter Hiking: Hiking is a great way to explore state parks and get some Vitamin D! Use this tool to find the best hikes.

 

A few tips to make the most of your State Park visit:

  1. Make sure you check the snow depths before heading to a park. Sometimes snowfall can affect how accessible certain parks or trails are. The DNR keeps an updated map here.
  2. If you haven’t already purchased an annual vehicle permit, you can do so here for only $35 for the whole year.
  3. If you want to catch a glimpse of winter wildlife, the DNR recommends going out at dawn & dusk for the best viewing, be alert & move slowly and quietly, search for tracks in the snow, bring binoculars, and look near the edges of forests and fields, pond margins and treetops.