Winter Family Hiking


$45 for REI Members

$65 for non-members


  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 20 people

This wintery excursion will introduce your kids to exploring the outdoors and will leave them wanting more. Bring your budding adventurers for a winter hike with a hot chocolate break on the trail. REI Outdoor School instructors will lead this kid-friendly hike in a local preserve, discussing tips and planning essentials for winter family trips into the outdoors. Learn how to pick a good trail and how to keep your little explorers interested and happy on the hike. You'll learn how to use traction devices on icy trails and develop safe winter hiking habits. On this outing we'll discuss and equip you with the right gear for a family outing in the snow and ice. A kid-specific version of Leave No Trace principles will be taught to instill good habits in the outdoors.

  • - Learn proper emergency preparedness and personal health for cold environments - Learn how to engage children in planning and executing your hikes - Learn techniques for navigating when you can't see the snowy trail - Discover hidden trails in your backyard - Learn to adapt basic hiking skills to the winter environment

What to bring with you

Map image of Sag Valley Forest Preserve - Teason's Woods

More directions and information

If you have any questions, please contact us: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm at 312-929-3047; or Friday-Sunday on our after-hours phone at 312-834-3734; or by email at - all of these are monitored mailboxes.