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Jingle Hike Challenge

The 2020 Jingle Hike is now closed!

Thank you to the more than 300 people who participated this year! Check back in September for the 2021 Challenge.

About the Jingle Hike Challenge

Jingle bells will be tied to 12 trees in parks throughout the Metro East from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day. Participants are asked to visit as many parks as they can, take a selfie with the bell, and share the photos on social media, using the hashtag #JingleHike.

What are the rules?

  1. Visit as many of the parks as you can and find the trees with the jingle bell.
  2. Take a selfie with the tree tag.
  3. Share your photo with us one of these three ways:
    1. On Instagram or Twitter simply use #jinglehike. Make sure your post is public so we can see it.
    2. On Facebook, like the HeartLands Conservancy page, tag us @heartlandsconservancy, AND use #jinglehike. Also, make sure your post is public.
    3. Email your photo to
  4. Correctly identify the tree species (e.g., red oak) to get a bonus entry.


Each year we offer great prizes. Stay tuned for announcements.

2020 Challenge Prize Winners are:

Grand Prize: Suzanna Phelps
Second Place: Tiffany Hopkins
$100 gift card to Sandy’s Back Porch: Charles Gerth
$100 gift card to the Alpine Shop: Paula Birke
$25 gift card to the Alpine Shop: Susan Stipeik
Toolen’s Running Start hoodie: Ann Herzing
Toolen’s Running Start hoodie: Marcia Wendland
Toolen’s Running Start hoodie: Dan Idoux
Socks and gloves from the Alpine Shop: Mary Wrigley

2020 Jingle Hike Locations were:

1. Knobloch Woods, Belleville
2. Baebler Farm, Waterloo
3. Three Springs Park, Shiloh
4. Salt Lick Point Land And Water Reserve, Valmeyer
5. Glazebrook Park, Godfrey
6. Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton
7. Kingsbury Park District Nature Preserve, Greenville
8. Greenspace East, Glen Carbon
9. Pleasant Ridge Park, Fairview Heights
10. Bicentennial Park, Belleville
11. Randolph County Conservation Area, Chester
12. Willoughby Heritage Farm, Collinsville


HeartLands Conservancy wants you to have fun during this self-guided challenge. You therefore agree, upon submission of your photos, to participate at your own risk. HeartLands Conservancy is not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or other problems that may arise during your participation in the Jingle Hike Challenge. By participating in the event, you also authorize HeartLands Conservancy to use your Jingle Hike photo submissions in social media and publications.

HeartLands Conservancy reserves the right to delete posts and disqualify any participant who posts what we determine to be obscene, lewd, discriminatory, or indecent photos or posts during the course of the jingle hike challenge.

Should you win a prize, HeartLands Conservancy will notify you via social media or email. We will not share your personal information with outside entities.