by Jill P 



Winter sports really haven’t been our thing over the last few years. Yes, it is definitely harder with kids at home and we’ve fallen into the grove of being less active in the winter.

But now that’s changing…

This is the winter that we’re on the hunt to try out new winter activities. And there are plenty of opportunities to try out a new winter sport! Many of these events are FREE, but you’ll want to check on the specifics for each listing. Some require advanced registration.

Thanks to Lee’s Adventure Sports, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Portage Parks & Recreation, Kalamazoo Parks & Recreation, and Wolf Lake Hatchery we have plenty of fun options to check out!  Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and more are some of the fun winter sports that you can check out.

So look at the listing we’ve compiled and make a date with your family to try a new winter sport. Have fun!




Snowshoe Nature Hike: Winter Animal Signs

Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm at West Lake Nature Preserve in Portage. 

Let’s make tracks! Join a Kalamazoo Nature Center Naturalist to explore the West Lake Nature Preserve. Search for signs of insects, birds and mammals. Who knows what treasures will be found?

Demo snowshoes available on a first come, first served basis, courtesy of Lee’s Adventure Sports. Nature hike will occur regardless of snow conditions and hiking boots may be worn if preferred. Open to all ages, this nature hike will be a great way to make outdoor memories with your family!

  • This event is FREE to the public! Snowshoes will be provided by Lee’s Adventure Sports.


Winter Sports Demo Day

Sunday, January 18 from 2:00 pm -4:00 pm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. 

Join us for some cross country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking on the snow-covered nature trails at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Cross country skis and snowshoes will be provided by Lee’s Adventure Sports. Normal admission rates to the Kalamazoo Nature Center apply.



Cross Country Ski Lessons

Saturday, January 31 from 9:00 am-11:00 am at Milham Golf Course in Portage. 

An excellent opportunity to learn the correct way to cross country ski. This introductory class will emphasice safty, proper use of equipment and how to traverse a variety of winter terrain. Learn the diagonal stride with opposite and double poling, moving and stationary turns, uphill-downhill techniques and how to choose and use various cross country equipment and clothing. In addition, personal safety and recommendations on local, regional and state ski destinations are covered in this comprehensive class.

  • Age: 8 years-Adults
  • Fee: $15 per person 8-14 year; $20 per person 15 years & up
  • Please note a minimum snow cover of four inches is required for this program.
  • Registration is required by January 29, 2015 at Lee’s Adventure Sports. Participants may bring their own equipment or arrange for rental through Lee’s Adventure Sports.


Winter Jamboree

Saturday, January 31 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Milham Golf Course in Portage. 

This is a FREE community event which will offer opportunities to try out many winter activities such as:

  • Snowshoeing
  • Kayak Sledding
  • Sledding (bring your own)
  • Snowman Building Contest
  • Igloo Building


 Just Add Snow! Snowshoe Walks

February 7 at 10:00 am at the Wolf Lake Hatchery in Mattawan. 

Join us to enjoy the beautiful winter season! Learn how to use snowshoes and then take a walk to test new skills all while discovering the fascinating world of winter ecology. Preregistration is required for those borrowing snowshoes from the Visitor Center. Programs will last approximately 90 minutes. Programs are dependent upon snow conditions and are subject to cancellation. This program is appropriate for those ages 5 and older.


Snowshoe Nature Hike: Snowshoes, Tree and Fungi, Oh My!

Saturday, February 14 starting at 2:00 pm at Schier Park in Portage. 

What a great Valentine’s adventure! Join a Kalamazoo Nature Center Naturalist, and snowshoe the trails of Schrier Park. Winter gives us a different perspective as we look at trees and fungi. What can we learn from them in the snow?

  • This event is FREE to the public! Snowshoes will be provided by Lee’s Adventure Sports on a first come first serve basis.
  • Nature hike will occur regardless of snow conditions and hiking boots may be worn if preferred.


Youth Ice Fishing 101 

Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Wolf Lake Hatchery in Mattawan. 

Youth ages 3 – 16 will learn the basics of ice fishing on the hatchery ponds. All equipment is provided. This program is being held to celebrate FREE FISHING WEEKEND in Michigan.


Try Hockey For Free  

Saturday, February 21 from 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm at Wings West in Kalamazoo.  

KOHA invites boys and girls ages four to nine years old to Wings West Ice Arena (just off of 9th Street, north of I-94) on Saturday, February 21st from 3-4pm for a Try Hockey for Free event to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment. To register, please visit


By | 2015-01-15T16:42:49+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Learn, Newly Published|Comments Off on Want To Try A Winter Sport? Check Out These Fun Events!

About the Author:

Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.