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“Snowshoeing is like exploring,” said Jason Petrella, Program and Natural Resource Manager at L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico, Wi. Petrella, who teaches snowshoeing programs at the park, is an advocate for snowshoeing as a different form of exercise to try when looking for new workouts in the winter months. He notes that, not only does snowshoeing burn an immense amount of calories, it is also a great way to visit and explore outdoor areas that might be tough to travel through in your sneakers.
“You can go anywhere you want with snowshoes and that opens up a whole new world!
I tell people who visit the park, if you want to visit wetland areas or ponds, go ahead,” he said. He also said it’s an exercise that can be as easy or as difficult as you choose depending on the depth of the snow you trek through.
“If you go through the deep, fresh snow, it feels like you were the first person there.” He said. There are several options for snowshoeing trails in Northeast Wisconsin. L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve also offers trails that allow our canine companions.

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