UMaine named ‘most outdoorsy’ school in Northeast, BDN reports

The Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine was recently named champion of the Northeast in a monthlong challenge to get people outdoors and active. From mid-September through mid-October, participants of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Campus Challenge earned points for their school by engaging in a variety of outdoor activities, which they logged on a free mobile app, the BDN reported. “We had people out stargazing, gardening and birdwatching,” said Chris Bartram, assistant director of the Maine Bound Adventure Center at UMaine. “And then we had people go out on multiday trips, sea kayaking along the coast and climbing big cliffs around the state.” In addition to claiming the regional title, UMaine came in second nationally behind Texas Woman’s University. “I just think it’s really special to highlight that Maine has this deep connection and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation, and we continue to grow that community here,” Bartram said. AORE also recognized UMaine senior Sierra Yost, who won Individual Environmental Champion for biking to class rather than driving a vehicle, the article states. “The challenge inspired me to bike more and track my commutes,” said Yost, a chemical engineering major who lives in Orono. “It’s easier to hop in my car, but it’s doable to bike if I plan ahead.” News Center Maine, WVII (Channel 7) and Q106.5 also carried the report.