CSU, Chico News

Students Participate in River Clean-Up Sept. 12

Date: 09-10-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Event Counts Toward National Outdoors Contest

About 15 California State University, Chico students will pick up trash and other debris along the Sacramento River this Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of an annual tradition following Labor Day weekend.

This year, the activity will also be used to advance the campus in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, a contest to find the nation’s most “outdoorsy” school. The challenge is open to community members and is sponsored by REI and The North Face, which will offer prizes to individuals and campuses.

CSU, Chico is currently in sixth place, with 4,760 activity points logged since the contest began Sept. 6 (each activity is worth 10 points except the participant’s first, which is worth 20). Group activities are being organized by the Associated Students Adventure Outings, the Institute for Sustainable Development, the First-Year Experience program and the Department of Science Education.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to register for the challenge and log their outdoor activities as often as possible by Oct. 17, said Keith Crawford, assistant coordinator for Adventure Outings.

“I think Chico can fare well due to two major factors,” Crawford said. “One is our sense of community. Second, Chico provides amazing access to the outdoors, whether it’s minutes away in Bidwell Park or 1.5 hours away in Lassen Volcanic National Park.”

Registration is closed for the Sept. 12 river clean-up, but more Adventure Outings activities can be found here. (The trips are open to campus and community members.)

To participate in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge, register at www.chicogetsout.com.