SU places fifth at national Outdoor Nation competition

Shippensburg University placed fifth in the national Outdoor Nation challenge, with members of the Shippensburg community putting down their cell phones and competing against 55 schools in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching and yoga.

Geography and Earth science professor Sean Cornell and his colleagues from the geography/earth science department encouraged students to get outside and participate in outdoor-related events from Sept. 18 to Oct. 15. The challenge’s participants downloaded the challenge’s app to log their hours and accumulate points to earn prizes, according to an SU news release. With more than 400 participants, the Shippensburg community logged 3,851 hours of outdoor activity and 81,269 points.

“That’s an average of almost nine hours of outdoor time for each participant,” Cornell said. “I would say we had a pretty successful challenge.”

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