AORE Outdoor Challenge FAQ

What is the AORE Outdoor Challenge?

The AORE Outdoor Challenge is a March-Madness-meets-Mother Nature competition in which teams compete to see who can get the most people outside. The 2020 Outdoor Challenge kicks off September 25 and ends October 23. The team with the most logged outdoor activities on the Outdoor Challenge app wins the title of National Outdoor Champion. Other prizes include Outsider of the Year, Regional Winners, Recognition Awards, free gear, and more.

Who is the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education?

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. Through AORE, members have a mechanism to interact with and affect decisions made by public land managers and the human powered outdoor recreation industry. AORE is committed to promoting ecologically sound stewardship of the natural environment and serves as a collective voice for its members regarding topics of regional and national concern.

Who supports the AORE Outdoor Challenge?

The AORE Outdoor Challenge is a program of The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education/AORE. To see the full list of partners and supports, click HERE.

How can I be part of the AORE Outdoor Challenge?

Anyone who is a U.S. resident is welcome to participate in the Outdoor Challenge. Simply visit, create an account, select the school you are supporting and log your outdoor activities.

How do i get involved in the AORE Outdoor Challenge?

Email for more information on how to get involved in next year's Outdoor Challenge. Application materials will be released in spring 2020.

What counts as an outdoor activity?

Outdoor activities are considered nature-based activities where an individual intentionally engages in the outdoors, with the outdoor element being the focus of the activity. Eligible activities include: Adventure Racing (like Tough Mudder), Biking/Mountain Biking, Camping, Climbing Indoor/Outdoor, Caving, Equestrian, Fishing/Hunting, Hiking/Backpacking, Paddle Sports (Kayak, SUP, Canoe), Outdoor Service Projects, Running/Jogging/Trail Running, Snowsports, Water Activities (Outdoor), Hammocking, Outdoor Clinics & Training, Skateboarding/Longboarding, Slacklining, Walking, Yoga (Outdoor), Bird/Wildlife Watching, Gardening, Stargazing. Traditional team sports are not eligible. Each activity must take place for a minimum of 30 minutes and have occurred between September 25 and October 23, 2020. The final list of eligible activities will be posted when the 2020 AORE Outdoor Challenge starts.

When can I sign up for the Outdoor Challenge?

Pre-registration for participants starts on September 8, 2020. The app will be available for download and sign-up at that time.

Do I have to be a student at one of the competing schools to participate?

Any U.S. resident located around the world can download the app when it goes live and choose to make their activities count for any of the participating schools.

When do I log my outdoor activities?

Outdoor activities should be logged between September 25 and October 23, 2020.

How do I log an outdoor activity?

Once you are logged into the AORE Outdoor Challenge app, click on the “Log Activity” button and follow the steps on the submission form. You must include a brief description along with a photo for your activity to earn points.

Can I share my logged outdoor activities?

Once you submit your outdoor activity, you will have the option to share through the app on Facebook and Twitter share buttons.

How do I accumulate points in the AORE Outdoor Challenge?

Every time an activity is logged, the user accumulates points. Activities are weighted depending on the type of activity. Full point list will be coming when the Challenge starts.

Can teams outside of the U.S. participate?

Not at this time.

I'm not athletic. What activities can I do?

Not all outdoor activities have to be athletic in nature! You can go for a walk, bird-watch/wildlife-watch, fish, take photographs of the outdoors, go for a boat ride, tend your garden, do yoga outdoors or gaze at the stars – the possibilities are endless! The final list of eligible activities will be posted when the 2020 AORE Outdoor Challenge starts.

What if I bike for 2 hours vs. spending all day outside?

An activity is considered something you've spent doing for a MINIMUM of 30 minutes. If you go on a 2 hour bike ride, that counts as one activity. If you bike for an hour in the morning and another hour in the afternoon, that counts as two activities. The final list of eligible activities will be posted when the 2020 AORE Outdoor Challenge starts.