Give back when you get outside!

(Updated 2/27/22) We’re thrilled to say that the Winter 2022 Challenge wrapped up with record participation numbers! We met our goal of 200 participants by Thursday, February 24th and Maine West offered an additional $750 in community rewards funding to our beneficiaries if we met a “stretch” goal of 500 participants. Community members answered the call with a record 842 people getting outside and active over February vacation! Thanks to everyone who participated, helped spread the word, or otherwise supported the Challenge.
We’ll be back with another Challenge this summer. In the meantime, if you have ideas about how to make the SNAC work better, you can always reach out. We’d be happy to hear from you!

You’re invited to join the Winter 2022 Second Nature Adventure Challenge to help raise money for outdoor youth programming in the Maine West region.

Because we know people sometimes need a little extra incentive to make time to get out and enjoy local trails and outdoor activities, the Maine West initiative is challenging people across the Oxford Hills, Bethel/Mahoosuc region, and the River Valley to earn cash rewards for local youth-serving organizations. We are challenging participants to get outside a total of 200 times. For example, if you sign up and tell us that you took your 3 kids sledding, that counts as 4 trips outside and gets us that much closer to our community goal.

Once we meet the goals, Maine West will contribute $3,000 ($1,000 each) to help three local programs pay for supplies, equipment, and transportation to help kids enjoy outdoor adventures. Beneficiaries of the Winter 2022 Second Nature Adventure Challenge include:

We’ve made signing up and participating in the Challenge easier than ever! It’s as simple as filling out a quick form to let us know when you’ve gotten outside. Answer a couple of quick questions to give us the info we need to count your outdoor adventure towards the community goal.

Wondering where to get out? Looking for an event where you can hit the trails with others? We’ll be sharing information regularly about trails, events and more through our
Facebook and Instagram accounts. Follow us to stay in the loop!

Our friends at the Western Foothills Land Trust and Mahoosuc Land Trust have tons of family friendly-fun to offer over February vacation! You can find out more on their Facebook pages:

Goal: 200 participants
(Stretch Goal: 500 participants)

Current status (as of 2/27/21):
842 participants!


Everyone Can Take the Challenge

With so many trails and place to get outside across Maine West, you can choose the level of activity that’s right for you, whether it’s a relaxed walk on a flat and well-packed trail, a rugged snowshoe hike, a cross-country ski or fat bike ride on groomed trails, or sledding at your favorite hill. Your outdoor adventure just has to be in the Maine West region (most of northern Oxford County, or school districts 10, 17, 44 and 56) to count!

It’s being out in nature that counts – no matter your ability. If you need some ideas about where to get out, use our trail map to find the perfect trail for you! Always remember to #recreateresponsibly!