Three Ways to Start Your Year With Service

December 21, 2016


Let's Move! Outside invites youth and families to serve public lands in 2017. "

As 2016 comes to an end, there’s time to reflect and make resolutions for the New Year! The YMCA of Metro Chicago has been able to help over 7,000 youth and families ages play, learn and serve Chicago natural landscapes in the first year of the Let’s Move! Outside initiative. In 2017, Let’s Move! Outside hopes to continue to inform youth and families on the benefits of enjoying public lands and encourage more youth to become ambassadors of nature. 

In addition, to your traditional New Year’s resolutions check out the list of ways to truly impact your public lands in the Chicagoland area in 2017:

Restore. Assist the Forest Preserve of Cook County at a Restoring Invasive Plants Workday at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center on Jan. 14 or Feb. 11. (Please note: This is best suitable for ages 10 and up)

Create. Build birdhouses at This Old Bird House in the Crabtree Nature Center to prepare for the upcoming nesting season in the spring on February 25.

Build. Combat invasives and create hiking trails at Chicago’s newest natural area the Big Marsh on January 28. 

Follow more upcoming Let’s Move! Outside Chicago events in 2017 at our Facebook page! Happy New Year!