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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

Nature & Outdoors

Don’t let winter temps keep you cooped up indoors Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe January 18 Enjoy a one mile snowshoe or 1.5 mile ski trail illuminated by moonlight and hot chocolate after your hike! No registration required. 5-8pm. Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton 731-6041. Candlelight Snowshoe Hike January 19 Come out to snowshoe under the READ MORE

The Place We Call Home

On a perfect fall day, photographer Cathy Donker took this photo of abandoned railroad tracks over the Fox River in Appleton. “I love how the sun brings out the colors of the foliage in the background, while the leaves in the foreground are a telling sign of what’s soon to come,” Donker says. “Fall is READ MORE

Miron Donates Jones Park Amphitheater 

To honor the company’s 100th anniversary, Miron Construction Co., Inc. is donating the new Jones Park Amphitheater to the City of Appleton. Miron served as the construction manager for the adjacent Fox Cities Exhibition Center and is also handling renovations of Jones Park.  Tim Kippenhan, Miron vice president and COO, says the company began planning its 100th READ MORE

Loop the Lake

On June 23, the Cities of Menasha and Neenah will celebrate the grand opening of the Loop the Lake project, an initiative which will connect the trail networks between the two communities. Construction for Loop the Lake started in October 2017 on two bridges that connect the City of Menasha and Doty Island in Neenah READ MORE