Give back when you get outside!

Participation Survey

2/26/24 update: We did it!!! Thanks to your support, we hit our goal of 500 outdoor adventures logged over February break! Now it’s time to get some money out to our amazing beneficiaries!

You’re invited to join the Winter 2024 Second Nature Adventure Challenge to help raise money to support getting kids outdoors and active 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 organizations helping to get young people outside for some good healthy fun. We are challenging people get out for a total of 500 outdoor adventures between over February Vacation week (Friday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 25).

Once we meet the goals, Maine West will contribute $3,000 ($1,000 each) to help three programs pay for gear and programming that will help connect young people to outdoor winter activities. Beneficiaries of the Winter 2024 Second Nature Adventure Challenge include:

  • Greater Bethel: Woodstock Elementary School (for snowshoes for K-5 students)
  • Oxford Hills: SAD17 Outdoor Education Program (for snowshoes for Pre-K students)
  • River Valley: Chisholm Ski Club (Alpine and Nordic skiing for youth)

Participation is easy:

  • You can participate by getting outside and active ANYWHERE in Maine school districts 10, 56, 44 or 17 (the Maine West area). It doesn’t have to be on a trail anymore–although we still encourage you to check out the many excellent trails in our area. Our friends at Maine Trail Finder provide a great way to find the right trail in the right place for you.
  • We’re counting all sorts of outdoor activities, including the usual stuff like walking, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and skating. You can also get outside for a snowball fight with your kids or go sledding with your sweetheart and we’ll count it. We just want people to get out in nature and moving!
  • Participating in the Challenge is wicked easy–as simple as filling out a quick form to let us know when you’ve gotten outside, which takes about a minute. (Seriously! Just a minute!) The form will be active for the dates of the Challenge, but you can sneak a look at it below.

Wondering where to get out? We’ll be sharing information regularly about places, events and more through our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Follow us to stay in the loop!


Participation Survey
Goal: 500 outdoor adventures
2/26/24 update: 550 adventures!