Trail Trek Challenge encourages families to experience nature

Free hiking program includes trail maps, treasure hunts.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – It’s prime hiking season in Wisconsin and prime time to join in on the “Trail Trek Challenge.”

The challenge is a free hiking program that encourages nature fans to hike around nature preserves in the Driftless Area.

The year-long program also includes a treasure hunt.

Hikers can use downloadable maps to find nature’s treasures along trails.

The La Crosse Public Library is also organizing monthly hikes as part of their summer programs.

Childrens Librarian Celine Donofrio says getting outside as a family is important.

Donofrio says, “being with your child, talking about what you see, being outdoors and exploring is all super important for their development, their brain, their body.”

Prizes are up for grabs for those who finish the challenge.

You can find information about the La Crosse Public Library has more information about their programs on their website.

More information about the Trail Trek Challenge can be found at the Mississippi Valley Conservancy website.