Dear Outdoor Nation Friends and Partners,

Thank you for your school's support of the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge over the past several years. With your engagement and enthusiasm, we have empowered tens of thousands of college students to mobilize and motivate a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

For four years, the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge engaged students in a March Madness-style competition to get outside. Over that time, we grew the Challenge from 10 campuses and 8,500 participants to 92 campuses and 25,000 participants. We are so proud of what you have helped us achieve!

As the Outdoor Foundation evolves, we are increasingly seeing the need to look at the full spectrum of outdoor engagement and how we can have an even broader impact on young people. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge in 2018. Rest assured, that as we define our future strategic direction, our focus will remain on getting more young people outdoors to connect with the many benefits that nature provides and to create a love for the outdoors that will last a lifetime. We are also actively looking for a new home for the Challenge and our other college/university focused programs.

We know that outstanding college programs like yours will help us carry the spirit of the Campus Challenge forward. Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is dedicated to increasing outdoor participation through the work of the Outdoor Foundation. We encourage you to consider joining OIA as a college member to give your students critical knowledge and a potential pathway to the outdoor industry. CLICK HERE to let us know if you are interested in learning more.

Once again, many thanks for helping us make the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge a force for getting young people outside.


Ivan and the Outdoor Foundation/Nation Team

Ivan Levin
Deputy Director