Step it Up
This free program is designed to help you stay active and explore new parks. Participants of all fitness levels are invited to join. Simply track and report your activity each week to be eligible for weekly raffle prizes.
Any exercise activity carries risk. Participation in these programs is entirely voluntary and at your own risk.
Participants can look forward to:
- Setting & achieving fitness goals!
- Discovering new parks in Ottawa & Allegan counties
- Physical & mental health tips
- Healthy eating ideas
- Incentive prizes
- Motivation & accountability by logging activity
The Step it Up! program offers opportunities to walk and recreate as a group.
- Guided group walks, varying paces
- Fun, free recreation activities
- Meeting new people
View All Available Group Activities
Date Time Location Activity 04/11/2022 7:00PM Hemlock Crossing Group Walk 04/13/2022 7:00PM Connor Bayou Group Walk 04/18/2022 12:30PM Pigeon Creek Park Group Walk 04/20/2022 7:00PM Grand Ravines - South Group Walk 04/25/2022 12:30PM Pine Bend Group Walk 04/26/2022 7:00PM Pigeon Creek Park Group Walk 04/27/2022 7:00PM Coast Guard Park (North Ottawa Dunes & Ottawa Sands) Group Walk 04/30/2022 11:00AM Grose Park Group Walk 04/30/2022 1:00PM Grose Park Compass Activity 05/02/2022 12:30PM Grand Ravines - North Group Walk 05/03/2022 7:00PM Paw Paw Park - East Group Walk 05/05/2022 7:00PM Rosy Mound Group Walk 05/07/2022 1:00PM - 3:30PM Hawthorn Pond Kayak Session 05/09/2022 12:30PM Hager Park Group Walk 05/10/2022 7:00PM Saugatuk Dunes Group Walk 05/11/2022 7:00PM Hager Park Group Walk 05/16/2022 12:30PM Rosy Mound Group Walk 05/18/2022 7:00PM Eastmanville Farm Group Walk 05/20/2022 7:00PM Riley Trails Group Walk 05/21/2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Hawthorn Pond Kayak Session 05/21/2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Hawthorn Pond Kayak Session 05/23/2022 12:30PM Grand River Park Group Walk 05/25/2022 7:00PM Upper Macatawa Natural Area Group Walk 05/27/2022 7:00PM Grand River Park Group Walk 05/28/2022 10:00AM - 1:00PM Hawthorn Pond Kayak Session 06/01/2022 7:00PM Wau-Ke-Na, William Erby Smith Preserve Group Walk 06/03/2022 7:00PM Pine Bend Group Walk
At this time registration is not required for group walks, but you must sign-up for Step It Up here.
Strength & Fitness Tips
The Step it Up! program has partnered with EcoTrek Fitness to provide participants with flexibility and strength training tips. EcoTrek Fitness created these great videos that demonstrate a variety of techniques!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to sign up?
Yes, you must sign-up to participate in the program. Please click here to sign-up.
What is the cost of the Step it Up! Fitness Challenge?
The challenge is completely free. It is covered by grant funding secured by the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.
Do I have to participate in the group activities?
No, the group activities are optional. Join us for one or all of them as your schedule and interest allows. Beginners are encouraged. All of the activities are free.
How fit do I need to be to participate?
All levels of fitness are welcome. Various pace groups will be available at the group walks. Beginners are encouraged to try all of the activities. This is the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
How do I track my activity?
You will login to track your activity.You can log it daily or weekly. Each week that you track your activity you will be entered to win a prize.
Do I have to track my activity?
We encourage all participants to track activity. It helps keep you accountable and consistent participation ensures the continuation of grant funding. You must be an active participant in the challenge to register for the Group Adventure Activities. Plus, you might win a prize!
How do I know what's happening each week?
Every Monday morning, you will receive an email from Ottawa County via GovDelivery. That email will have the link to record your activity, the week's group activities, and other news.
Stay Active Year Round
Here are several resources to stay involved with Ottawa County Parks & Recreation as well as get involved with other local walking and nature opportunities:
- Ottawa County Parks & Recreation program calendar
- Sign up to receive parks information
- Spectrum Health's Healthy Habits walking group
- Northern Ivy's Walking Fit group
- Outdoor Discovery Center
- South West Michigan Land Conservancy public preserves