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Get Outside This Winter With Nicolet's Outdoor Adventure Classes

An abundance of fresh air and quality outdoor experiences await individuals interested in taking any of the numerous offerings in Nicolet College’s upcoming Outdoor Adventure winter program

“Ever since the pandemic started more and more people have been heading outdoors for exercise and recreation,” said Terry Rutlin, Outdoor Adventure program coordinator.  

“Time outside is great for both the body and mind, and we’re offering a full slate of winter outdoor activities where people can learn the skills they need to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.” 

In light of the pandemic, the college is following COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by local, state, and federal health experts. These include requiring face coverings when indoors, wearing them as much as practicable when outdoors, and requiring at least six feet of physical distancing at all times. 

These guidelines were in place for Outdoor Adventure classes this past summer and Rutlin said he was impressed at how well people followed the parameters. 

“There was this sense of ‘we’re all in this together.’ We all enjoy the outdoors and everybody realized that this is what we have to do in order to participate safely in activities like this.” 

Along with several long-time favorites, the college will also offer several new skiing and snowshoeing offerings this winter. 

Beginning- and intermediate-level skiing classes will include Nordic cross-country classic and skate in Rhinelander and Minocqua, alpine downhill, Telemark, skijoring, backcountry skiing, and a cross-country team coaches clinic for anyone looking to help out with their local school team. 

If snowshoeing is more your thing, interpretive nature hikes will take place in the Blackjack Springs Wilderness in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest just east of Eagle River and at the Yukon Springs Watershed at Minocqua Winter Park. 

Click here to view upcoming classes and to register or call the college at (715) 365-4544.