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Have a Nordic New Year

A wintery forest scene

Photo credit Forest Preserve District of Will County

The Forest Preserve District of Will County will present three programs that tap into the Scandinavian traditions of embracing and enhancing the outdoors, regardless of the weather.

A Pliking Mini-Hike at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is set for 10 to 11 a.m., January 8. This hiking program is based on a version of the Swedish activity plogging, which involves picking up litter while jogging. Pliking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while removing litter from the preserves and improving our health.

Friluftsliv – The Outdoor Life will take place from 5 to 6 p.m., January 13, via Zoom. The Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv means open air or outdoor living. Webinar viewers will learn how to embrace time outdoors and how friluftsliv can help improve our mood.

A seven-mile Excursion Hike based on the friluftsliv philosophy is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., January 22, at Hadley Valley Preserve – Gougar Road Access, in New Lenox Township.

Admission is free. For directions, more information and registration, visit