Give back when you get outside!

Update (2-22-21): We reached our goal, thanks to an incredible show of community support! Thank you to all of our participants and partners for another successful Challenge! $3,000 is headed to local food pantries, thanks to your support!

Welcome to the first-ever winter edition of the Second Nature Adventure Challenge!

From February 12-21, the Maine West collaborative  invites  you to “Give Back When You Get Outside!” 

We’re looking for 100 people and to get out on a local trail for a walk, snowshoe, cross-country ski, fat bike ride or a run. Once we reach that goal, Maine West will donate $3,000 to food pantries serving the Oxford Hills, greater Bethel, and River Valley regions.

The Challenge is scheduled to take place during vacation week for local schools—a perfect chance for kids and families to get in on the action. 

Our friends at Maine Trail Finder make participating easy! Visit www.mainetrailfinder.com/snac to get started.

As the pandemic continues to drive hunger in our communities, the Second Nature Adventure Challenges lets you combine the time you spend outside having fun and being healthy with raising funds to support local food pantries.  Your participation in the 2021 Winter SNAC will help raise funds for: 

The outdoor playgrounds of the Maine West region are perfect for year-round healthy fun on local trails. There are just a couple of extra things to keep in mind to stay safe:

If you’re concerned about not having winter hiking experience or the right gear to get outside this time of year, we encourage you to check out both the trails and gear you can borrow from these Maine West partners:

  • Bethel Village Trails has cross county skiing, fat bike, and snowshoe trails and rent gear for all of those activities. Check out their website for info about gear, passes, and lessons.
  • Western Foothills Land Trust’s Roberts Farm Preserve in Norway also has great trails and lends snowshoes and cross-country skiing equipment. Visit www.wfltmaine.org for more info. They also provide snowshoes that may be borrowed from the Norway Memorial Library.

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!

Get Started

Goal: 100 participants

Final count: 177 participants!

Everyone Can Take the Challenge

All trails listed on Maine Trail Finder in the Maine West region are part of the challenge! A relaxed walk on a paved river path. A rugged mountain hike. A fat bike ride cross country ski. The trail just has to be in the Maine West region (most of northern Oxford County) and on Maine Trail Finder to count!

It’s being out in nature and on the trail that counts – no matter your ability. Use our trail map to find the perfect trail for you! Always remember to #recreateresponsibly!

Sign Up at Maine Trail Finder