Sand Ridge Nature Center

Where: South Holland

Online: fpdcc.com

If you’re looking to do a little outdoor stroll with young ones to enjoy some winter scenery, Sand Ridge Nature offers some easy hiking trails. The shortest is just a quarter-mile long and the longest is two miles. Along the trails, you can examine a pond and marsh and look for birds and other critters who inhabit the area (or find hints of who lives there by looking for tracks in the snow.)

If you want to warm up and learn a little more on the history of the area and the wildlife that have called it home, you can check out the nature center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day except Fridays.