100 Hours Outside

Let’s get happier & healthier together! 

Research shows that being outside and experiencing nature can improve our mental health and increase our ability to focus. ACCPF’s 100 Hours Outside Challenge is a summer challenge designed to help us disconnect from our devices & reconnect with nature and the outdoors. During the course of the 45-day challenge, we encourage participants to explore new activities and develop healthy & sustainable outdoor recreation habits by tracking their daily outdoor activities.  

Challenge yourself to get outside by making daily habit changes like eating lunch outside, taking a morning or nightly walk, reading a book outside, backyard gardening in addition to dozens of traditional summer outdoor fitness & recreation activities! Download the flyer HERE.

The Challenge

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CHALLENGER REGISTRATION – FREE: Track your hours by downloading the paper tracking sheet to record your summer fun! Mark one square for every hour spent outdoors. When your tracking sheet is complete, submit it via email to andrea@acparks.org by August 2nd to be entered into our finishers raffle. Join the 100 Outside Summer Challenge on FaceBook to engage in the weekly interactive challenges. 

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Download the tracking sheet

EXPLORER REGISTRATION- $30 : Looking for a greater motivation to meet your goal? Join the 100 Hours Challenge as an Explorer! Explorers receive access to the interactive tracking app & a collectible t-shirt in addition to all the weekly interactive challenges in the FaceBook group! Registration closes July 1st.

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To order additional t-shirts ($25), contact Andrea at andrea@acparks.org

Unisex Sizing
Light-weight, 100% cotton perfect for summer

Weekly challenges are announced on Wednesdays. Participants have a week to submit a photo of themselves completing the challenge. Post photos to the MoveSpring app or the Facebook Group (moderator will add MoveSpring photos to FB group page). Winners will be chosen at random on Tuesday of the following week. Winner notified by email & announced in group/app. 

Family Nature Hike  6/16  Outdoor Connection at Skyline  6/22 
Sunset Walk w/ Janelle  6/27  Walk the 4th of July Parade 7/4 
Story Walk Reading 7/12 Nature Scavenger Hunt 7/21 
Community Bike Ride  7/27     
Spending time outdoors can boost physical and mental health in a range of ways. You don’t have to spend hours at a time outside before those benefits kick in, either. 

Better Breathing  Improved Sleep  Reduced Depression Symptoms 
Motivation to Exercise  Mental Restoration  Boosted Immune Function 
Protect Your Eyesight Improved Mental Wellbeing   Lowers Bloodpressure

Inspiration 

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” – Toni Morrison

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.” – Aristotle

How do you get your 100 Hours Outside?

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Staff Favorites 

Andrea – Bartholomew Park   Located in Sonoma and perfect for a short hike, a picnic & wine tasting too! Dog friendly & adjacent to  Bartholomew Estate Winery
Joy – Doran Beach Only an hour and a half away, but it feels like another world. This family- and dog-friendly beach has great walking trails and even better outdoor dining options right on Bodega Bay. As an extra bonus, you can stop for amazing ice cream at Sweet Scoops in Sonoma!
Janelle – Mt. Tamalpais Mount Tam has amazing trails.  I love to hike to the top and take in the magical ocean views.
Tammy – Lake Hennesy There are so many wonderful places to birdwatch, but if I had to pick, it would be Lake Hennesy, the Conn Creek side, because it’s always so peaceful there.
Patricia – Matt Davis Loop I love to go on road trips with our airstream, hiking, and fishing all over California.  Closer to home, my family loves the Matt Davis – Steep Ravine Loop to Stinson Beach and the Cataract Falls trail on Mount Tam.

Ideas For Getting Outside?

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Local Hikes Read a Book Walk the Dog Camping
Gardening Attend Open Swim Play Sports Summer Camp
S’mores & Meteors Horseback Riding Play Ball Host a BBQ
Cornhole Visit a Beach Movie in the Park Pickleball
Tennis Go Fishing Picnic Play in a Park
Story Walk AC Yard Work Work Calls Birdwatching

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