Virtual Trek explained

Hi folks. We’ve been receiving a few emails and phone calls about our Virtual Trek, and we appreciate your enthusiasm!

In order to participate in our Walking Challenge, you MUST register and agree to the provisions in the registration agreement.

Step #1. Please complete the registration form by submitting your name, mailing address, email address and trekking name.

Step#2. After you certify to the agreement, push the blue arrow to complete the registration process.

Step #3. “Download the Challenge Log”

Step #5. For every two miles you walk, color in a tree. Once you walk 6 miles, submit your mileage online by click on the “Track Your Mileage” graphic seen below.

Step #6. Keep walking and coloring in your challenge log. Once you reach another destination (Wabeno, Laona, Cavour, etc.) track your mileage. We will update the trek challenge board each time you track your mileage.

There is no set route to walk. This is just a fun way to stay motivated and encouraged!

Questions, call 715-478-7797 or email

Register your miles!

As of today we have 11 registered trekkers at our starting line! These folks are headed (virtually) six miles to Mole Lake. If you are participating and don’t see your name here, please email me ( and let me know as a few people downloaded the tracking log but did not complete the final survey button and therefore their answers are not recorded. (Learn something new everyday!)


I’ve also added a form for you to submit your mileage titled “Track Your Mileage Forest County”

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. or call 715-478-7797.

Have fun!

Walking Challenge encourages residents to trek (virtually) across Forest County

This summer the Forest County Coalition on Activity and Nutrition (Forest County CAN!) encourages people of all ages to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Forest County, while at the same time improving their physical and mental health by participating in our 2020 Walking Challenge.   Physical activity decreases your risk of disease, makes you stronger, improves your mental health and helps you sleep better. 

This year’s challenge is a little different, as we are encouraging participants to virtually walk across Forest County!  This year, we have developed a tracking log that when completed, will have taken you on a 120-mile trek across Forest County.  This is an extra 20 miles than in years past; however, we know you can do it! 

Participants may begin to track their miles beginning June 1st.  Along the way, participants are encouraged to track their mileage on their log sheet and to periodically report their mileage on the Forest County CAN! website leader board.  Individuals that track their mileage online, will receive incentives via the United States postal service.  Those who complete 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will also be added to the Forest County Health Department’s 100 Mile Club list of all people who have completed the challenge since it began in 2018. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do ask participants in the Walking Challenge to keep the Wisconsin Department of Health physical distancing guidelines in mind when outside.  Those guidelines include maintaining a safe distance from others not in your household and respecting others’ space.  Most importantly remember that time spent outdoors being physically active keeps your mind and body healthy.  In fact, Wisconsinites are encouraged to get outside, stay safe, and be well.

To download your virtual tracking log, please register here(Please make sure to COMPLETE the survey by pushing the final arrow at the bottom of the survey screen after downloading your tracking log! If you don’t complete the survey, your registration is not complete. Thanks!)

To request a tracking be mailed to you, please contact Michelle Gobert at 715.478.7797.     

The Forest County Health Department reminds us that If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. 

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 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.

Can You Go 100 Miles?

This summer the Forest County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition (CAN) encourages people of all ages to get up and get out to enjoy the beautiful scenery and improve your health by completing our 100 Mile Challenge. The challenge starts June 1st and ends August 31st and you can walk, run, stroll, bike or paddle your way to 100 miles! Physical activity decreases your risk of disease, makes you stronger, improves your mental health and helps you sleep better. It is also a great way to socialize and connect with others.

Keep track of your miles on the tracking log and turn them in at the end of August. Those who complete 100 miles or more will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card and will also be added to our 100 Mile Club list of all people who completed the challenge.

There are some other great programs this summer that you won’t want to miss and will help you reach your mile goal. Jessica Keao will be helping Forest County get 5K ready with a 6 week couch to 5K. The Forest County Humane Society is hosting a Run for the Cause 5k on Fourth of July Weekend. You can stay tuned of current events on the Forest County Chamber of Commerce Website at

Also, Forest County has received designation as a Scenic Byway in honor of two of its nationally recognized resources; the Wolf River and the Nicolet National Forest. A variety of recreational opportunities are available ranging from activities on the multi-use trail systems to water based sports. There will be a mobile friendly website that will allow you to explore the Byway’s trails maps with parking information, campgrounds and more. If you have ever wanted to visit some of the walking/hiking trails but you are not sure where to go or how to get there, we have user friendly trail maps available here at the Forest County Health Department. If you want to get your heart pumping, we recommend using the Crandon pedestrian trail heading towards the school. This trail isn’t the same as back in the day: up-hill both ways- but offers great cardio!

Visit the Health Department at the courthouse in Crandon or a Forest County library to pick up a packet or go to to print your own. The website will have other resources and links to help you along the way. Like us on Facebook to follow the progress and get more tips. If you have questions about your health or your activity level, please talk with your doctor. Please feel free to call us with any questions at 715-478-3371.

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 app or by submitting them to us at   Feel free to share via social media.  #ForestCountyTrails #Takeabreath

Geocache Challenge

Tapping into what has become a global network of ongoing geocache events, Forest County’s CAN! coalition is sponsoring a countywide geocache challenge beginning June 4th and ending August 31, 2018.

The aim of the geocache challenge is to encouraging Forest County residents, both young and old, to get outside and explore the amazing hiking, walking and biking trails that Forest County offers.

Ten separate cache’s have been placed on established Forest County trails, including the county owned Otter Springs Trail system, the Wolf River Trail, the Wabeno Boardwalk, the Nicolet State Trail, Ed’s Lake trail system and the Rat River Recreational Trail.

The coordinates for each of the ten caches can be found by downloading our brochure or by picking up a challenge brochure at the Forest County Health Department, Forest County UW-Extension office or at a Forest County public library.

Geocaching has become an enormously popular outdoor-enthusisast sport throughout the world for both children and adults.  It combines treasure hunting with outdoor recreation and hiking, as well as technology.  A handheld GPS device, or a smart phone with the app installed is necessary.

The Forest County Ties that Bind Us believes Geocaching to be a healthy way to get out on the trails of Forest County and therefore have purchased three handheld GPS units for loan through each of Forest county’s public libraries.  Information on using and loaning these devices will be shared at a group instruction to be held at the Otter Spring Trail system on July 10th from 4 – 7 p.m.    Participants wanting to get started now on this challenge may use the Geocaching App (available for the Iphone or Android devices) or use their own handheld GPS device.  Coordinates are available here.

Participants that have successfully located and documented the ten caches placed by the CAN! coalition, they can submit their completed tracking log to the Forest County Health Department to receive their geocaching prize pack.

According to Jill Krueger, Forest county health department “We really want people to get outside, be active and enjoy Forest county trails.  Geocaching offers one more reason to do so.  You might get hooked and end up searching for more of the thousands of other geocache treasures stashed across the county, the state of Wisconsin and beyond!”

For more information, please call the Forest County Health Department at 715-478-3371.