Join our Nature Walk!

Did you know you can boost your health just by incorporating nature into your day?

Come join the Nature Connections program on a guided hike through the La Crosse River Conservancy on the evening of Wednesday, May 03. The hike will be led by UW-Extension Forester, Randy Mell, along with La Crosse County’s Health Educator, Megan Muehlenbruch. This will be the first of five guided area hikes this summer.

Quick Nature Connection Fact: Spending time amongst nature has been demonstrated to improve attention and positive mood, as well as reduce stress levels.

Whether you are familiar with the La Crosse River Conservancy and want to experience it at a deeper level, or have never been and want to discover a new great trail in the area, come join us for an hour while giving your health a boost! Everyone is invited, so bring your family, friends and co-workers along. Full details are as follows:

  • When: Wednesday May 03, 2017 at 6PM
  • Where: La Crosse River Conservancy, trail head on S Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska (located next to the Stoney Creek Inn). The parking lot across from the trail head is accessible from School District Rd.
  • Additional Information: The trail is flat and grassy with the exception of the small decline/incline when accessing the valley. All ages are welcome. No pets are allowed in the Conservancy. The walk will be cancelled in the event of rain. Updates will be posted to our Facebook page and website.

The next guided hike will be on Tuesday, June 06 in Lower Hixon Forest.

Any additional questions contact Megan Muehlenbruch in the County Health Department at 608.785.6236.

2017 Wheel to School Week Challenge

“Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going” -Unknown

La Crosse County Safe Routes to School is sponsoring the 7th annual Wheel to School Week Challenge May 1st – 5th, 2017. To promote physical activity for all ages, students AND school staff are encouraged to join the challenge by walking or wheeling both to and from school. Those who are unable to walk or wheel to and from school can participate by walking at school as well as walking or wheeling after school.

To participate, complete and submit an activity log. Make sure to specify participant(s) name and the school name on the log. Logs will be used to determine the school with the highest participation percentage. The winning school will receive the Silver Spoke Award to display at their school until the next challenge period. Scooters and other great prizes will also be given away to individual participants!

Students and staff interested in taking part in the Wheel to School Week Challenge can download a log here.  Completed logs should be mailed by Friday, May 12th, 2017 to

Rebecca Lakowske
La Crosse County Health Dept.
2nd Floor Health Ed.
300 4th St N
La Crosse WI, 54601

If you have any questions about the challenge or would like us to mail you a log please contact Rebecca Lakowske at 608-785-5665 or send an email to