Introduction to Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years.   Relive history as you learn about the variety of types of snowshoes throughout the years.  If there are at least 4” of snow, strap on snowshoes and discover how fun wintertime can be!  Try snowshoeing in an open area as well as play some fun snowshoeing games.  If there isn’t enough snow, we’ll hike the paved path telling you fun facts about snowshoeing along the way.   Have you ever used a walking stick?  Try hiking with trekking poles for some added stability on those icy trails. Either way, you will have fun learning about (and hopefully trying) snowshoeing! The entire program will be spent outside; please dress appropriately for the weather. Dressing in non-cotton layers is encouraged as well as good footwear for hiking. If we snowshoe, no special boots are required, but waterproof footwear that goes above your ankles is recommended.  Classes will begin promptly, so plan to arrive early. 
This is a joint program with the Metroparks, and you will be required to complete their wavier before starting. All participants must wear an appropriately fitted mask. Social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be followed.   

Day: Saturday
Date: January 23
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am, or 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, or 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Forest Hill Park Picnic Shelter #1 (near the playground)
Cost: FREE (snowshoes are supplied)
Maximum per time slot:  8 participants

Ages: 5 & up
Deadline for Registration: Thursday, January 21 at 6:00 pm
Terrain/Distance: .5 - 1.5 miles on mostly flat terrain with minor hills over natural surface or ungroomed, snow-covered terrain.

No Bathrooms are available.  

Suggested Clothing and equipment for Snowshoeing from the Metroparks
** Dress for the weather - In layers
** Non-cotton clothing

  1. Wicking / Base layer (suggestions) Long johns tops and bottom, Wool or Synthetic, & Liner socks
  2. Warm / Middle layer (suggestions) Mid-weight pants, Light weight insulating top, Zip up turtle neck, Fleece jacket, Heavy wool socks
  3. Weather / Outer layer (suggestions) Wind shell/waterproof, snow pants/snowsuit,  Waterproof boots, Winter Hat, Gloves/mittens (or shells w/ liners)