This fall, the University of Maine is competing against universities across the country for the title of “Most Outdoorsy” school. Students, faculty, alumni and community members can all participate in the monthlong challenge.
“The average person is spending 8 hours or more in front of a screen every day and only spending a few minutes in the outdoors,” said Chris Bartram, assistant director for Maine Bound Adventure Center at UMaine. “This is really a way of getting people outside, teaching them better habits, teaching them how to recreate.”
The app allows participants to share photos and words of encouragement, and see how universities are ranking up against each other in real time.
The 98 participating universities are divided into two categories — Division 1 and Division 2 — based on size. As of Sept. 23, UMaine was in second place for Division 1 schools, ranking just below Texas Woman’s University.
“We’re really close,” Bartram said. “It’s exciting and nerve-racking. I definitely think we can win it.”
To participate, all you need to do is download the app, select the university you’re supporting and start logging your outdoor activities, which can range from stargazing to rock climbing. To log an activity, the app asks that you take a photo and describe the activity.
Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.
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