All throughout Allen County, winter activities abound for all ages and interests. Get ready to stretch your legs and check out these local opportunities for active sports, and more passive pursuits. Fox Island County Park Cross Country Ski Clinic Saturday, January 7 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet at Nature Center Learn the basics about skiing, including information about equipment, preparation and maintenance, and how to dress for the sport. After the class, participants will ski trails of the park if conditions are favorable. When leaving a message for equipment rental and class reservation, remember to include phone number, shoe size, height and weight. Cost: $7.00 per one-hour rental of equipment or voucher for future ski rental ($3.00 if bringing own equipment) Min: 5 Max: 15 Park Admission: $2.00 entry * The park is open to cross-country skiers all season long and even rents skis! Feel free to join them anytime! Fox Island 7324 Yohne Rd. 260.449.3180 ** Metea County Park Nature Center Cross-country ski clinic Saturday, January 14 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meet at Nature Center Students will learn the same basics as at Fox Island Cross-Country Ski Clinic. Cost: $7.00 per one-hour rental of equipment Pre-register by January 11 Min: 5 Max: 20 Park Admission: $2.00 The park and its heated Nature Center are open 9 am-6 pm. To register for the ski clinic or for more information contact Park Manager Michael Gobert at or call 449.3777. Metea Park 8401 Union Chapel Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46845 260.449.3777 ** Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk through some of Allen County’s most scenic points. The hikes may take place at a park, wetland, nature preserve, or trail. The first walk of 2012 is scheduled at Salomon Farm Park on Friday, January 13, at 8:30 a.m. There is no registration to join Wild Walkers and no fee to participate. Those interested in attending the Wild Walkers at Salomon Farm on January 13 are asked to contact Renee at 260.427.6005. The 2012 Wild Walkers hiking schedule is available on