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Natural Awakenings Twin Cities

The Greener Guide to Embracing Natural Winter Wonders

Feb 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Patti Beres
Wintery chill brings more than just cold temperatures—it unveils abundant opportunities to commune with nature and foster community connections.

Do-It-Yourself Projects: Despite the frosty air, backyard landscapes thrive with biodiversity. DIY projects connect nature and family activities. Building birdhouses can be an upcycling adventure, creating snug shelters for wildlife. Try transforming jars into lanterns or crafting snowflake cutouts from old magazines.

Plan for Spring: Daydream about a flourishing backyard garden. The possibilities are endless on small or large scale from potted flowers to an expansive native wildflower and butterfly haven. Start with a simple plan accommodating sunlight and water availability.

Step into Nature: Take a brisk nature walk around town or trails alone, with a companion or a pet. Setting daily step goals nurtures a healthier body and mindset. Appreciate the natural wonders around the community during this crisp exploration.

Connect: Organize a neighborhood Round Robin to revive connections and relish seasonal flavors. Choose a “Locally Sourced Products” theme to support winter farmers markets and small businesses even during the coldest months. 

This open invitation encourages the pursuit of outdoor enjoyment, indoor activities, and forging stronger bonds with friends and loved ones amid the delights of winter’s natural wonders. 

Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC, in Delafield. They offer landscaping, winter services and ice melt. For more information, call 262-361-4034 or visit