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Second Nature Adventure Challenge

Second Nature Adventure Challenge



Stay tuned for information about future challenges!

This summer, give back when you get outside! 

The Maine West initiative is challenging you, your friends, and your neighbors to get out for the greater good. Help our community address the increase in hunger caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join the Second Nature Adventure Challenge and log trails listed on MTF in the Maine West region between July 17 and Indigenous People's Day (October 12) to contribute to the community total. Once community members log 300 collective trails, Maine West will contribute at least $6,000* to three food pantries serving the Bethel, Oxford Hills and River Valley areas: Bethel Food PantryServant's Heart Food Pantry and the Agnes Gray Elementary School Food Pantry.

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 bike ride or a paddle. You can even log the same trail more than once if you have a favorite for your morning walk or run. 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. 

Always remember to #recreateresponsibly

How does it work?


Sign up for a free MTF account. If you already have an account, move on to step two!


Join the Second Nature Adventure Challenge. You only have to sign up once!


Get out and enjoy one of the challenge trails!


When you get back to your phone or your computer, sign into your MTF account and log the trail. You can log the trail from your account page (click Add New Trail Log in the Trail Log tab) or from the trail page (click the Add New Trail Log button in the orange banner).

You can get to the trail page by clicking the pin for the trail on the map above or going to our Find Trails page and searching for it. 

If you have trouble logging trails, click here for more detailed information about MTF Accounts. If you are still having trouble, you can always Contact Us

Then Go outside and complete another trail!

Add as many trails as you can before October 12!


About Maine West

The Second Nature Adventure Challenge is a project of Maine West – a partnership of local and regional organizations working to enhance community well-being in western Maine through increased collaboration across the economic, education, health and conservation sectors.

Maine West works across the Oxford Hills, River Valley and Bethel-Mahoosuc areas of northern Oxford County, to provide network-based, collaborative programming in three focal areas:

  • Active Communities – improve local health outcomes, encourage youth and school groups to get outside and exercise, promote recreation on local conservation lands, and position rural communities as attractive places to live and raise families.
  • Broadband Access & Adoption – expand access to and utilization of high-speed internet services as a means of creating jobs and supporting public safety, education, healthcare, tourism and overall quality of life.
  • Educational Aspirations & Attainment – expand learning opportunities and improve the linkages between schools, communities and local businesses.

Maine West Partners

  • Northern Forest Center (coordinator)
  • Community Concepts Finance Corp.
  • Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Androscoggin River Watershed Council
  • Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
  • CORE
  • Mahoosuc Pathways
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • Oxford County Wellness Collaborative
  • Western Foothills Land Trust
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • University of Maine Coop. Ext., Bryant Pond 4-H Camp
  • Mahoosuc Land Trust
  • Region 9 Adult Education
  • Oxford County Mental Health Services
  • River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition



You helped earn $6,500 for local food pantries! Thank you!
Second Nature Adventure Challenge Digital Badge
The Second Nature Adventure Challenge is a project of Maine West in collaboration with Maine Trail Finder. 
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