Hike the Wild

Hike the Wild wraps up with a walk in Kenue Park

Bring a popular Christmas carol to life and go walking in a winter wonderland at the Dickinson County Nature Center.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, environmental education coordinator Bryanna Kuhlman will lead visitors on a Winter Wonderland Walk through Kenue Park bringing the Hike the Wild series to a close.

That is, of course, if the winter weather cooperates.

Last year’s winter hike was canceled and an indoor program held due to extreme cold temperatures and wind chill readings well below zero degrees.

If all goes according to plan this year, visitors will get to stroll the grounds before heading inside the nature center for hot cocoa and coffee.

“We’ll go on a walk around the property here and enjoy winter, maybe look for tracks,” Kulhman said, “Mostly we’ll just enjoy our time outside, walk around the prairie, go see the swans. If it’s frosty and beautiful like it is today, I would love that.”

Last month visitors walked the same area on the lookout for turkeys.

This time around, if the snow is deep enough, snow shoes will be handed out so folks can better navigate the trails.

“We hope people want to get out and see our winter animals that stick around like our squirrels and rabbits and some of our finches that stay around,” Kuhlman said. “We’re keeping it pretty simple.”

The Winter Wonderland Walk is a family hike open to all ages.

It will also be the final Hike the Wild installment as the series currently exists.

Going forward the nature center still plans to host hikes, albeit seasonally instead of once a month.

January will see a visit to Horseshoe Bend for some snowshoe hiking. There will be a spring hike to Kettleson Hogsback. A prairie flower hike is set for July to talk about summer blooms, followed by special September hike for Prairie Heritage Days, before wrapping up with a fall hike at Fort Defiance State Park in October.

Before all that, enjoy one more nature stroll this year, with the Winter Wonderland Walk at the Dickinson County Nature Center.