Community welcomes winter with outdoor activities

Community welcomes winter with outdoor activities
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In honor of the first day of winter, Naturing in Madison hosted a variety of activities through its annual event, Welcoming Winter, to get people outdoors.

This year, the event was hosted in Hoyt Park on Saturday, which allowed the organization to set up activities around campfires, which are placed throughout trails in the park. Lee Alliet is one of the co-founders of Naturing in Madison, and she said it’s important for people to get outside.

“Most of the things that we do, we work whatever weather we have,” Alliet said.

And even without Wisconsin’s winter snow, Alliet and her team were able to create activities for the warmer weather. She said that because there was no snow, and therefore no sledding, this opened up other opportunities that Naturing in Madison could provide.

Alliet said that even though it was warm outside Saturday, she’s hoping people will still get outdoors throughout the winter.

“This leads into feeling brave on those 10-degree days and colder that we get,” Alliet said. “Even if it’s not as long as they’re spending here on this afternoon, they’re able to spend 10 minutes and then come inside for their hot cocoa.”

According to Naturing in Madison, getting outside increases physical activity, mental health and vitamin D intake, and it helps escape viruses.

The organization based Welcoming Winter off the project Wintering in Madison, which is a community project in Dane County to get children and their families outside.

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