Jasper County Conservation is kicking off the new year with a challenge to spend 120 hours outdoors in 2021. Simply keep track of your time spent outside, either on the conservation’s chart or one you create yourself, and turn it in at the end of the year for a small reward.
There are so many reasons why spending time outdoors is beneficial, including lowering blood pressure and stress levels, increasing your vitamin D intake, improving your ability to focus and increasing your short term memory. Even a 30 minute walk outside every day can have huge health benefits.
Jasper County has many places for outdoor recreation, whether you like to snowshoe, cross-country ski, fish, hunt, camp, hike, bike, kayak, or simply take in the scenic beauty around you. Some of the more popular parks include Mariposa Recreation Area, Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve, Ashton Wildwood Park and the Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail.
More information about Jasper County Conservation recreation areas and the 120 Hours Outdoors Challenge chart can be found at www.jaspercountyconservation.com. It is strongly recommended that participants explore and get to know local parks better during this challenge.