Adults interested in some heart-healthy exercise while enjoying the outdoors may want to consider the DuPage Forest Preserve District's "Forest Fitness Walks" from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Mondays through May 20 and again on June 3.
"We'll explore different locations so healthy hikers not only receive guided introductions to some of the county's most popular trails, but also experience spring in a variety of habitats," said program leader Dave Andrusyk, a naturalist with the district's Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook.
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Hikes are scheduled at the following forest preserves: April 22 at Greene Valley in Naperville; April 29 at West DuPage Woods in West Chicago; May 6 at Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale; May 13 at Kline Creek Farm and the surrounding Timber Ridge; May 20 at Waterfall Glen in Darien; and June 3 at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook.
Participants may register for individual walks or the entire series by calling Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center at (630) 850-8110.
Want to move for your health, but can't join these hikes? The district offers more than 80 miles of multipurpose trails for hiking or cycling. Access is free, and most locations are open daily from one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset. Maps are available at information kiosks at many preserves and online at dupageforest.org under "Things to Do" and "Recreational Activities." Visitors also can request maps by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (630) 933-7248.