A day outdoors for the KFRC

HOUGHTON – Many people make New Year’s resolutions to exercise or do more activities with their families, and Saturday, the Keweenaw Family Resource Center will provide an opportunity to do both.

Cathy Benda, KFRC director, said the organization’s second annual Ring in the New Year event will take place Saturday at the Nara Nature Trails on U.S. 41 near Houghton. Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and the event ends at 2 p.m.

The event features a 4 kilometer snowshoe trail and a sledding hill, Benda said. Snowshoes are available for the smallest child to adults. There is no charge for rental, but the shoes must be reserved ahead of time. Hot chocolate, coffee, chili and other refreshments will be available in the trail’s chalet.

Benda said the registration fee is $12, which includes the time on the trail and all the refreshments. There will be no registration fee for children 10 years old and younger.

Although the fundraising aspect of the event is important for the KFRC, Benda said it also helps to fulfill part of the organization’s mission.

“It’s also to promote healthy habits and outdoor play for families,” she said. “We see this as part of our philosophy and to raise money.”

Money raised by the Ring in the New Year event will help fund the KFRC Treehouse Indoor Playground on Sharon Avenue in Houghton, Benda said.

Benda, who is also director of the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative, said at the event Saturday, information about that preschool child development organization will be available for those who want to learn about it.

There are many outdoor events taking place in the Keweenaw during winter, Benda said, but the KFRC event Saturday is unique.

“There’s no other event like this that includes small children,” she said.

Benda said all participants in the event will be given a bell to wear, just to make the day more “festive.”

Registration for the KFRC Ring in the New Year event can be done online at or by calling the KFRC at 482-9363.

Benda said the event at the Nara Nature Trails will help get the New Year off to a good start.

“This is an opportunity to keep those resolutions,” she said.