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5 Amazing Winter Hikes to Take Right Now!

5 Amazing Winter Hikes to Take Right Now!
If you’re one of those hikers or backpackers who puts away your outdoor gear for the winter, you really are missing out on one of the most…
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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Fox Ridge State Park

SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Fox Ridge State Park
Sprawling across thousands of acres with twinkling lakes and lush vegetation, Fox Ridge State Park is the ideal escape. Whether you’re looking…
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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Illinois

5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Illinois
Illinois’ state parks and forest preserves feature miles of hiking trails offering scenic views of lush foliage, native wildlife, and…
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5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois

5 Energizing Hikes in Illinois
Working out at the gym can get mundane for outdoor enthusiasts, so many decide to pursue invigorating hikes in nature. From rock formations to scenic…
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Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Illinois

Start Your Trek: 10 Best Hiking Retailers in Illinois
Before undertaking any hiking trip, one must be equipped with all of the proper equipment. From the right boots, the right layers, to the right…
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Layering 101: How to Stay Warm and Comfortable in Cold Conditions

Layering 101: How to Stay Warm and Comfortable in Cold Conditions
The arrival of cold weather doesn’t mean you have to abandon your favorite outdoor activities and wait until the return of warm weather before…
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The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois

The Ultimate Guide to Beginner Hiking in Illinois
Thousands of acres of forest, sparkling waterfalls, rolling plains—Illinois is a hiker’s dream. Whether you’re looking for…
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A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.

A Guide to Fall Foraging in the U.S.
It’s September, and the coming of fall equals an abundance of autumnal harvest…in the woods. Foraging is currently all the rage at top…
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5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois

5 Awesome Trail Running Spots in Illinois
Nothing beats running on a nature trail through wilderness. Illinois offers hundreds of running trails, all of which boast scenic views around every…
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5 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Illinois

5 Best Birdwatching Hikes in Illinois
Illinois is home to hundreds of bird species thanks to the diverse habitats throughout the state. The preservation of these wetlands, prairies,…
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5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois

5 Great Hiking Trails in Illinois
Illinois’ diverse natural landscapes and abundant state parks have led to the many great hiking trails around the state. With thousands of…
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5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in Illinois
Scenic hikes are relaxing, inspiring, and invigorating for both new and experienced hikers. There are hundreds of hiking trails throughout Illinois…
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5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.

5 Amazing Weekend Fall Hikes Across the U.S.
The warm days and crisp, cool nights of autumn make the perfect conditions for a weekend hiking and camping excursion. There is nothing quite like…
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4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation

4 Easy Ways To Enjoy Mountain Biking On Your Vacation
If you’ve been on a vacation to an outdoor destination in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed a new phenomenon: cycle paths, single…
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10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail

10 Tips For Going Ultralight on the Trail
One of the hottest trends in hiking and backpacking over the past few years has been the shift toward going ultralight on the trail. Typically, this…
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Events Near Elwin IL

Memorial's Festival of Trees - School Days - Preview

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 9:00am
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Orr Building
Springfield, IL
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Memorial's Festival of Trees - Elder Care Day - Preview

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:00am
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Orr Building
Springfield, IL
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Stewardship Work Days at Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 at 10:00am
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
Springfield, IL
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Shelbyville Festival of Lights

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:30pm
Forest Park
Shelbyville, IL
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Festival of Trees - Family Winter Ball

Friday, Nov 16, 2018 at 6:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn
Champaign, IL
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Decatur Park District Turkey Trot

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 8:00am
Fairview Park
Decatur, IL
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Mattoon Santa Chase

Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 at 12:55pm
Mattoon, IL
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Festival of Trees

Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 at 11:00am
Hilton Garden Inn
Champaign, IL
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VG Christmas Tree Lighting Festival Jingle Jaunt

Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 4:00pm
Villa Grove, IL
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Ducks Unlimited - Chatham Holiday Happy Hour

Ducks Unlimited - Chatham Holiday Happy Hour
Saturday, Dec 1, 2018
Paula's Landing, Glenarm, IL
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Illinois NWTF Rendezvous

Illinois NWTF Rendezvous
Friday, Jan 11, 2019 at 5:30pm
Springfield, IL
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Douglas County Gobblers, IL

Douglas County Gobblers, IL
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 at 5:30pm
Tuscola, IL
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Champaign Gun Show

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 8:00am
Hilton Garden Inn
Champaign, IL
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Kaskaskia Longbeards, IL

Kaskaskia Longbeards, IL
Friday, Jan 25, 2019 at 6:00pm
Sullivan, IL
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