Lees-McRae lands second in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge’s southeast region

October 25, 2017

With 1,153 activities logged, Lees-McRae College students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members hiked, biked and explored their way to second place in the division I Southeast region and 21st place overall in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

The challenge, a nation-wide initiative to get students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities outside and active, was held from Sept. 18 until Oct. 15. During that time, participants were asked to log their activities in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge app in exchange for points.

Lees-McRae, which accumulated a total of 23,103 points, came in second to Kentucky-based Morehead State University with 24,059 points.

Outdoor Nation, powered by the Outdoor Nation Foundation, is committed to increasing and expanding youth participation through entertainment, education, engagement and action—especially among urban communities and communities of color—resulting in a healthier, more active generation, according to the Outdoor Nation website.

“I am so proud of the dedication students, faculty, staff and members of the community have put in to make Lees-McRae College a real contender in the division I competition,” Katie Wall, assistant professor of Outdoor Recreation Management, said. “We look forward to showing off our already highly-active campus in next year’s competition.”

Wall added that this years’ success would not have been achieved without the help of Lees-McRae Outdoor Recreation Management student, Chrissy Turk.

“She was the student coordinator on campus and was the one who applied to the Outdoor Nation Grant,” Wall said.

Even though the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is over and the temperatures are cooling, there are still plenty of reasons—and ways—to get active on campus.

Most recently, the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae received a $3,000 grant to purchase a fleet of 10 mountain bikes from Banner Elk-based business, Headquarters Bike and Outdoor. The bikes, which are set to arrive on campus within the week and will be housed at the Arthur Student Recreation Complex, are free to rent for all Lees-McRae students, faculty and staff.

For those looking to expand their knowledge on the great outdoors, the Outdoor Recreation Management program will offer a variety of certification courses on campus through programs such as Landmark Learning, NOLS Wilderness Medicine and Leave No Trace.

All courses are open to Lees-McRae students, faculty, staff and the community. Courses will include Wilderness First Aid offered from April 7–8, 2018; Leave No Trace Master Educator from July 30–Aug. 3, 2018; and Wilderness First Responder from Aug. 4–12, 2018.

Click here for more information about Outdoor Recreation Management certification courses. Click here to learn more about the Outdoor Recreation Management program at Lees-McRae. 

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