Humboldt State competes to retain “National Outdoor Champion” title

ARCATA – Humboldt State University is looking to hold their title as “most outdoor-sy” campus in the nation.

The “National Outdoor Champion” competition hosted by Outdoor Nation starts Monday and runs through October 15, and nearly 100 colleges are taking it on.

Last year, Humboldt State took the win, and they plan on it again this year.

You don’t have to be a student to help – any community member who loves HSU can take part.

All you have to do is download the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge app and join the Humboldt State team.

By logging your outdoor activities – such as hiking, biking, gardening, star gazing, etc., you can gain points for the school.

“The idea is just to get people outdoors and get people to recreate and rack up points for Humboldt State University. You don’t have to be a crazy outdoor person to go and enjoy the outdoors. You can do small things like take a walk in the woods or just sit down on the grass and read a book and just enjoy being out there,” explained Genevieve Marchand, assistant Professor of Recreation Administration.

“I’m excited to see everyone get all the gear and get outdoors!” said student and Outdoor Campus rep, Scott MCcrary, “It brings everyone together, not only the students but the community as well.”

Winners of the competition will receive outdoor gear donated from sponsors such as North Face and REI.

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