Become a Forest County Youth Advocate for Community Health!

Do you know a teen, or are you a teen that is interested in a health or wellness career or is interested in developing leadership skills related to community health?  If so, the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!), in partnership with the UW-Madison Division of Extension Forest County, has a great opportunity for Forest County high school students interested in becoming a teen voice on the CAN! Coalition.

As a Forest County Youth Advocate for Community Health (YACH), teens will participate in Coalition monthly meetings, develop skills related to health and community development, work side-by-side with community members on projects related to health and well-being, and represent Forest County at State and National trainings. UW-Madison Extension educator Michelle Gobert will work with youth to ensure their voice is heard within the CAN! Coalition.  Representatives from all School Districts within Forest County are needed!

Teens interested in participating are encouraged to complete an application online here.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27th.  For more information about the program, please call Michelle at 715-478-7797.

Community Snowshoe Event a Success!

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (CAN!) hosted a snowshoe event this past Saturday at Otter Springs Recreation Area. Nearly 50 participants of all ages and abilities got out and enjoyed the beautiful groomed trails and sunny weather. Hikers came from almost every community in Forest County and from as far as the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas.

Thanks to the Forest County Maintenance Department, the Forest County Highway Department and Town of Lincoln for a great job plowing the parking area and road at Otter Springs. Special thanks to the School District of Crandon for providing snowshoes for more than 10 first-time snowshoers. Everyone appreciated a fun outing because of the work that was put in prior to Saturday’s event.

Forest County CAN! Coalition is a coalition of community members, business owners, county agencies and non-profit organizations working together to improve the health and well-being of Forest County residents.  Information on Forest County CAN!, including future events, can be found at the website at www.forestcountycan.org or by following them on Facebook. 

Registration open for Community Snowshoe Event

There is no better way to begin snowshoeing than just going out and doing it. Snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter sport because it is easy to learn, virtually inexpensive, poses little risk of injury and is a great way to get outside and exert energy during the winter months.

The Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition will hold a snowshoe event at 2 pm on February 15 at Forest County’s Otter Springs Recreation Area. No experience is necessary and there is no cost to participate. We will accommodate all skill levels. Bring your own snowshoes or request ahead of time to borrow one of ours.  Participants should wear snow boots or waterproof hiking boots, dress in layers appropriate for winter weather, and bring drinking water. 

Registration for the event is required.  You may register online here or call Michelle Gobert 715-478-7797 to register via phone.  Registration will close Monday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m.

Geocache Brochure Updated

Thanks to some very helpful geocache wizards, we have made some updates to our brochure/coordinates.  Please download and print the updated brochure here.

We’ve have some great reports of “finds”!  Please share your comments/photos of your time spent on Forest County’s trails via the Geocache.com app or by submitting them to us at michelle.gobert@ces.uwex.edu   Feel free to share via social media.  #ForestCountyTrails #Takeabreath