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Your Guide to Fox Cities Fireworks

Posted on Jul. 1, 2020 by Alexa Jones

While many of this year’s Independence Day festivities have been canceled, there are still plenty of chances to celebrate! Here you’ll find a list of fireworks shows taking place in the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Please note: Everyone is encouraged to follow safe practices during these events, including social distancing (maintaining six feet from READ MORE

Social Distancing Activities for Kids

Self-quarantining and social distancing with little ones at home is no joke. Here are some fun activities to keep them occupied and you sane, all while supporting local businesses. – Unleash their creativity with a take-home kit from The Fire – Pottery, Mosaic & Glass Fusing Studio. – Learn some moves with The Academy‘s free virtual karate READ MORE

First Snow 

Winter arrived a little early in the Fox Cities this year. The season’s first measurable snowfall occurred on October 29, totaling just over three inches. (The earliest recorded snowfall in Appleton occurred on October 10, 1990.) Photographer Ken Kemper captured some images of Appleton as a freshly blanketed winter wonderland.

Wild By Nature: Fox Cities Backpackers

Posted on Jul. 25, 2019 by Zack Dion

On the morning of Friday, June 21, I embarked on the risky journey of meeting a group of strangers I’ve never met before and spending the weekend with them on an island with few signs of life, including no electricity or vehicles of any sort. The supplies needed for the trip were securely stored in READ MORE

Love your Mother (Earth): An Introduction

Human-accelerated climate change is not something to be debated anymore. We have spent far too long making ourselves comfortable with the idea that climate change isn’t real so that we can excuse our personal lifestyles. Since the rise of capitalism and the industrial revolution, humans have been accelerating and changing the natural cycles of Earth’s READ MORE

Wild By Nature: An Introduction

Posted on May. 9, 2019 by Zack Dion

Summer weather is (hopefully) just around the corner, but sometimes we have trouble using our free time to fully take advantage of the short Wisconsin warm season. With the increased momentum of newly-released technology and its improving affordability, sometimes people (especially younger folks like myself) find themselves behind a screen for long periods of time READ MORE

Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike

Sierra Club Fox Valley Group’s Loop the Lake Earth Day Hike on April 20 is a fun way to get your fitness on, enjoy nature and learn more local businesses and environmental groups in the Fox Valley. The 3.5-mile hike takes advantage of last year’s Loop the Lake project which built a trail around scenic READ MORE

1st Annual Bubolz Brew Ski

The Bubolz Nature Preserve is hosting its 1st Annual Bubolz Brew Ski on February 15th. This event combines beautiful winter scenery with samples from local breweries, wineries and craft cocktails as well as entertainment inside “The Lodge,” Bubolz’s new environmental center. “The Brew Ski is the perfect winter happy hour,” says Bubolz Development Manager Nicci READ MORE