Winter Wellbeing on the Prairie
Although some of the school year is during fall and spring when the temperatures are warmer, and you can explore the prairie at your will, much of our academic year is in the winter months. The winter can feel long, and it’s easy to stay inside and miss out on winter wellbeing opportunities. In winter of 2020–21, Morris Let’s Thrive launched some wonderful winter wellbeing opportunities and tips.
Snowshoeing is a type of outdoor hiking or walking that distributes your weight more evenly and allows you to stay up on top of the snow, rather than sink in, allowing you to explore parts of the winter outdoor scenery that would otherwise be difficult. You use your own boots, and the only equipment needed is snowshoes. Morris Let’s Thrive partners with the Regional Fitness Center to rent snowshoes for free to all UMN Morris students. Hiking poles are included. There are seven pairs for rent, so you can head out with friends, floor mates, roommates, or anyone else you might enjoy exploring the prairie with. There are also snowshoeing trails within an hour drive of Morris if you want to check out groomed trails. Otherwise, take them around campus or the Morris community, and see what you find!
Contact Monique or Clare at the RFC for rentals: 320-589-6485
- UMN Morris Students: Free
- RFC members: $7/day
- Non-RFC members $10/day
Some options of state parks to visit with snowshoeing trails
Morris Let’s Thrive Winter Tips
Check out these winter wellbeing tips. Beat the winter blues with these tips from Morris Let's Thrive.
The Scandinavian term encompasses a feeling of coziness, contentment, and well-being found through cherishing the little things.
It's common to feel a little blue during the winter months. If you feel down for an extended period of time and can't find motivation to do activities you normally enjoy, seek help.