Outdoor Fun and Fellowship

Contact: 
Nancy Brown-Koeller

Members on an OFF bike outing.We're O.F.F.! Outdoor Fun and Fellowship is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know one another at First Congregational while enjoying the abundance of nature centers, parks, trails and natural resources we have been blessed with in the Fox Cities area. These outings all take place within one hour of Appleton, and there are activities of various types and skill levels.

Schedule

All fees are paid upon arrival. Outings are weather dependent. Other conditions can change as well, so we need to know in advance if you’re coming and where you plan to meet. You may let us know you’re coming by signing up in the Narthex (email required) or by contacting Nancy Brown-Koeller.

Guided Sunset Canoe Trip in the Navarino Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (Rain date June 2, 2016)

Sunset over calm water.Naturalist guided sunset canoe trip on Pike’s Peak and McDonald Flowages in the Navarino Wildlife Refuge.

Sign up by Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet to caravan or carpool at 5:00 PM in the Northland Mall parking lot, west side of McDonald’s.
Rating Easy. Quiet water. Must be able to paddle for two hours.
Age range All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment required None. Canoes, PFDs and paddles provided, although you may bring your own.
Fee $10 each for a group of 9 or more; $15 each for 6 to 8 people.

Summer Solstice Hike at Thousand Islands Nature Center

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thousand Islands is known for eagle watching and its proximity to the Fox River, including a canoe launch. Miles of boardwalk trails have been constructed to provide access for all. Some of the trails follow deer paths and others wander along the river.

Sign up by Monday, June 20, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet at the beautiful new Kaukauna Public Library building at 5:30 PM.
Rating Easy to moderate. Must be able to walk 4 miles on uneven ground.
Age range All ages; children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment required Walking shoes that can get muddy.
Fee none.

Hike Hartman Creek Trails

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hartman Creek State Park features spring-fed lakes, pine plantations, apple orchards, wildflowers, natural stands of hardwoods and old logging roads. The roads have been converted into hiking trails, so you may be on a route followed by the lumberjacks! Bring lunch for a scenic picnic along the lake before heading onto the trail.

Sign up by Thursday, July 7, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet at 11:00 AM in Holidays Pub and Grill parking lot to carpool or caravan, or meet at 12:00 PM in the Hartman Creek main entrance parking lot.
Rating Easy to moderate. Need to be able to hike 5 miles on trails with a few small hills. Non-hikers are welcome to come along and enjoy the beach area or bike backroad.
Age range All ages; children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment required Walking shoes that can get muddy.
Fee State park sticker or daily entrance fee.

Bike Trails on the Fox Cities’ West Side

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

We’ll use the paved bike trails to take us on a park-to-park loop as we ride about 15 miles on a beautiful summer night.

Sign up by Monday, July 25, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet at 5:30 PM at Arrowhead Park in Grand Chute.
Rating Easy to moderate. Need to be able to bike 15 miles on trails with gentle hills.
Age range All ages; children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment required Bike in good condition.
Fee None.

Walk Riverside Park and Kimberly Point

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Photo of Riverside Park showing trees and waterWe will walk Riverside Park and the Kimberly Point neighborhood, taking a guided tour on historical homes in the area. There’s an optional stop at a local patio afterwards for refreshments.

Sign up by Monday, August 1, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet at Neenah Library and Shattuck Park parking lot at 5:30 PM.
Rating Easy. Need to be able to walk about 3 miles on flat, paved surfaces.
Age range All ages; children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Equipment required Walking shoes.
Fee None.

Photo courtesy of Flickr artist Daniel M. Hendricks under the Creative Commons License 2.0.)

Bike the Fox River Trail

Saturday, August 20, 2016

See farmland, river, parks and vineyards as we bike the southern portion of the Fox River Trail. Bring a picnic lunch. We’ll also stop at LedgeStone Vineyards tasting room and café.

Sign up by Thursday, August 18, 2016.
Meeting time and place Meet at Greenleaf Trail Head at 10:00 AM.
Rating Easy to moderate. Need to be able to bike 25 miles on relatively flat trails.
Age range 21 and up.
Equipment required Bicycle in good condition. Hybrid or cross bike recommended.
Fee State trail pass, $5 daily or $25 annual.

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