Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter One Hour Series  

We’ve come up with a list of outdoor experiences and exercise that you can do in one hour. You may even find that two hours have gone by in a flash! You can enjoy fun winter experiences at both campuses: the arboretum and the botanical gardens. 

Light Therapy Walks – When the sun is out this winter, it’s time to hop in the car and head out for a walk or hike. Walk your 10,000 steps a day with usEven one hour of sunshine is a noted mood-booster.  

Winter Forest Walks – Do you want to walk for 30 minutes? Or do you have an hour of two? We have a winter walk trail map you can tailor to the amount of time you want to be outdoors. Our wooded paths are visually stunning without leaves. Come and see for yourself how stunning trees look when they are bare. (Check the website or call ahead for the latest trail conditions, but wear your snow boots to walk on the trails covered in snow!) 

Snowfall Snowshoeing – When you wake up and there’s new fallen snow, what’s the first thing you are going to do THIS winter? Yes! That’s right. Grab your new snowshoes or your snow boots and blaze a trail of your own at the arboretum. Don’t have your own snowshoes? Snowshoe rental is available on a first-come-first-served basis from the Corning Visitor Center. A minimum of 6” of snow must be on the ground for snowshoes to be rented. Adult rental (age 13 and over) is $5.00 for two hours and children’s rental (ages 3-12) is $2.00 per two hours.

Cross-Country Skiing: Bring your own skis to enjoy the trails, which are not groomed but will take you through our beautiful grounds. Skiers should sign in and out at the Corning Visitor Center (or alert gatehouse staff) as a safety precaution. Trails are accessible during arboretum open hours of Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Skiers should stick to the posted ski trails and avoid main trails through the garden.

Cold Picnics – If it’s above freezing, it’s a great day for a cold weather picnic! You heard it here first: picnics are going to be a thing this winter. Grab a waterproof winter blanket (available on Amazon) and pack hot soup and sandwiches and don’t forget the hot chocolate! 

Bird Watching – Without leaves on trees, birds are much easier to spot and can often be found searching for winter berries to snack on. Pick up a pair of binoculars and come see what you can spot on our campuses. Check out our birding check list located at holdenarb.org.

Search for animal tracks – From chipmunks and squirrels to elusive coyotes, fresh snow provides a road map for animal tracks. What tracks can you and your family spot in the snow? What animals do you think they belong to? 

We will keep you motivated and enticed to get outside with us all winter long at holdenarb.org and cbgarden.org. Also, sign up for our weekly enewsletter.  We will be adding new outdoor experiences to inspire you all season long.  

And remember, members are always FREE!