Winter camping: Tips & Teaching

January 12, 2016

I realize winter camping is not for everybody, but it is a life experience if you have never done it.

 

Probably the thing that most sticks with me from the few times I have done winter camping, besides the impact of cold, is how life slows down even more noticably than camping in other seasons.

 

Well, the Forest Preserves of Cook County are extending their camping push with a couple programs on winter camping.

 

Here is the word:

 

Forest Preserves of Cook County hosting Winter Camping Workshops

Attendees to learn basics of winter camping

 

With the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s recent opening of five new and revitalized campgrounds throughout the county, visitors and residents have been able to enjoy the wilderness of Cook County in a new way. While many campers may think camping is a three-season activity, there are numerous ways to enjoy a night under the stars during the winter season.

 

Forest Preserves staff is hosting two Winter Camping Workshop events to teach the public some of the basics of camping during the winter months. The family-friendly workshops will offer attendees tips on numerous activities including winter weather safety and layering, winter fire building and snow shelter building. In addition to learning winter camping basics, workshop attendees will also enjoy free winter nature activities and snowshoeing (conditions permitting).

 

 

·        Wednesday, January 13 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Camp Reinberg, Dining Hall

1801 N Quentin Rd., Palatine, IL 60074

 

·        Wednesday, February 10 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Camp Sullivan, Bunkhouse #2

14630 Oak Park Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452

 

 

The workshops require no registration. For more information, call 708-386-4042 or email experiencecamping@cookcountyil.gov. To learn more about camping in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, visit fpdcc.com/camping.

 

A complete listing of all special events and programs, including other camping-related events, is posted to the Forest Preserves’ events website at fpdcc.com/events with seasonal brochures that can be downloaded.

 

 

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