A new year has come, and many of us have made resolutions focused on healthy living and goals to be more active. Maybe you need to manage some of that stress that has crept in and threatens to overwhelm you. Getting outside and spending time in nature can improve both your physical and mental health. When is the last time you visited a county park or took a hike or bike ride on the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail? A Kalamazoo County Parks annual pass is a great value, much cheaper than a gym membership. Plus it gets you outside, breathing fresh air, surrounded by towering trees, lake views and stunning skies. No matter where you live in Kalamazoo County, you aren’t far from a County Park: Cold Brook, Markin Glen, Prairie View, River Oaks and Scotts Mill. And for those of you in Texas Township and the southwest corner of Kalamazoo County, a new county park will open in 2024: Arthur E. and Mildred H. Woollam Nature Preserve. Stay tuned, you aren’t going to want to miss this beautiful 212 acre nature preserve with lake access and six miles of nature trails.