Winter can be an amazing time to be outside! In Wisconsin, you can either embrace and enjoy the snow and colder temperatures or spend nearly 4 months in a bad mood. The Catholic Ecology Center is blest with miles of trails that can allow you to experience the subtle beauty of this time of year on snowshoes or cross-county skis. We have snowshoes and skis available for use at our main building and there is even free rental for members! During the months of January and February, we offer cross-country ski workshops open to public, so individuals and families can learn this fun way to experience Wisconsin winter.
The Church’s Liturgical Year also offers great opportunities to experience the rhythm of nature within our lives of faith. One great example is the expectant feel and quietness of Advent. Beyond our women’s Advent wreath workshop and Advent retreats, we also offer Advent candlelight walks. These events use a 3/4 mile candlelit trail that winds past our pond, creek and river- ending at our ecology yurt for an Advent prayer service with music, wreath lighting, bon-fire and yes-s’mores!! We also offer a Couple’s Valentines candlelight hike and blessing to cure you of your February cabin fever. Too see all our upcoming events, go to our events page at catholicecologycenter.org/events
Winter Ecology and Play
Winter also offers some amazing opportunities to learn about animal ecology. We love being able to offer outdoor winter science classes for school and organizations. These include animal tracking, winter ecology, water quality and plant science. And let’s not forget winter play-Making a snowman, coloring a snow angel or a nice snowball fight! Come on out and enjoy the Winter at the CEC.