We're continuing our list of activities to fight cabin fever outside at Fontenelle Forest. Last time we covered Family Sundays; this time we'll take a look at an active side of the forest with snow-shoeing.
For health and fitness benefits, we recommend snow-shoeing the trails. For those who don't own their own gear, adult and children snow-shoe rentals are available at the Visitor Service. "Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter," according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun." Snoweshoers can burn calories by taking a leisurely walk or burn up to 1,000 calories per hour with a hilly hike at a quick pace.
Of course, this activity only works if there's snow on the ground, but there are still more cabin fever relievers at the Forest. Stay tuned for the next installment.
Fontenelle Forest is free for members, memberships available at the Visitor Services desk. One Day Memberships are $7.00 per adult, $6.00 per senior (62+), $5.00 per child/student (2-17), and free for children under age 2. Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. FF is located at 1111 Bellevue Blvd North in Bellevue, NE. Visit fontenelleforest.org for complete schedule of programs and other information. It is the general policy that Fontenelle Forest Nature Center is closed when Omaha Public Schools cancel classes due to inclement weather.