View from the top of a mountain with snowy trees in the foreground and blue mountains and valleys in the background.
Brendan Schauffler

Second Nature Adventure Challenge


177 people participated in the 2021 Winter Second Nature Adventure Challenge and successfully earned $3,000 for local food pantries!

This winter, 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 during vacation week -- February 12-21 to contribute to the community total. If 100 community members log at least one trail, Maine West will contribute $3,000 to three food pantries serving the Bethel, Oxford Hills and River Valley areas: Woodstock Food Pantry, Daddy O's Act of Kindness Foundation and Dirigo Middle and High School food pantries.

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 snowshoe. A ski on groomed trails or a fat bike through the woods. 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 and check out MTF Stories for tips and tricks for staying safe, warm and happy out on the trails! 

Do you need gear? The Mahoosuc Land Trust, the Western Foothills Land Trust and the Norway Memorial Library have you covered. Get in touch with them to borrow gear for your adventure! 

Fat biking at Bethel Village Trails. Photo credit: Inland Woods + Trails
Fat biking at Bethel Village Trails. Photo credit: Inland Woods + Trails

How does it work?


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

(If you participated in the Summer/Fall 2020 Challenge, please sign up for this new one. We're glad to see you back!)

All participants will need a free MTF account. Click here to register if you haven't already. 


Get out and enjoy one of the challenge trails!


Log your trail! 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 went out as a group, including with your family, please note how many people were in your group in the comments section. For example, if you went out with your 2 children, write "group of 3" in the comments. We are counting participants, not trails, this time and we want to make sure everyone gets counted!

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


share the challenge with a friend!

Encourage your neighbors and friends to #givebackwhentheygetoutside by joining the challenge and logging at least one trail before February 21!

Snowshoeing is a great winter activity! Photo credit: Inland Woods + Trails
Snowshoeing is a great winter activity! Photo credit: Inland Woods + Trails

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
  • Inland Woods + Trails
  • 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

 GOAL: 100 participants

Final Total: 177 Participants!!!


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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