Get outdoors this winter to refresh your soul by joining Carpenter Nature Center’s Frosty 40 winter challenge. Research shows that even moderate exercise outdoors can improve your physical, mental and emotional health. Since CNC is turning 40 years old in 2021 we challenge you to walk, run, cross-country ski or snowshoe 40 miles in 40 days between January 1 and March 20, the first day of spring. Choose your own 40-day schedule between January 1st and March 20th. Registration opens December 5th and closes February 8th. The 40 days do not need to be consecutive, the outdoor activities can be done at any location and you can mix up your activities as you like, just keep track of your mileage.
Participate in motivating weekly themes and share the fun when you post on the Frosty Forty Event Page or on social media using the hashtag #Frosty40. Utilize our printable, kid-friendly mileage tracker to meet your goals!
Week 1: Explore your Favorite Trail
Week 2: Explore Somewhere New
Week 3: Explore and Urban Trail
Week 4: Move Differently
Week 5: Support a Local Business
Week 6: wear a Silly Costume or Outfit
Week 7: Keep a Tally of Birds You See
Week 8: Explore a State Natural Area
Week 9: Give Back by Cleaning Up
Week 10: Spotting Sings of Spring
Week 11: Strike a Pose on Your Last Mile!
Timeline & Important Dates:
December 5 – Registration Opens
January 1 – Challenge Begins
February 8 – Registration Closes
February – T shirt pickups
March 20 – Challenge Ends
$40 Adult Registration Fee – Includes $30 donation and a SHORT-sleeved t-shirt. +$5 for upgrade to long sleeve t-shirt.
$20 Student (K-12) Registration Fee – includes $10 donation and a SHORT-sleeved t-shirt. +$5 for upgrade to long sleeve t-shirt.
Registration includes the option of becoming a “Friend of CNC” to receive free snowshoe rentals at CNC for the season! All proceeds support environmental education programming and habitat conservation.
Questions? Contact Mayme Johnson, Program Director at