walking challenge

2020 New Year’s Walking Challenge

New decade, new you! Enjoy the great outdoors in 2020 and earn a free Arboretum Individual Membership. To participate, sign up for the challenge,  visit the Arboretum once a week for four consecutive weeks (January 3 – 31), snap a photo of the weekly location, and post your photo to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We can’t wait to see your progress and keep up with your adventures at the Arboretum!

Please see full instructions below.

If you didn’t make it in this year, please look forward to joining the Walking Challenge in 2021!

Walking Challenge participation is not required to visit the Houston Arbroetum and walk the trails. 

Here is how it works:
1. Register for the Walking Challenge by January 1, 2020.
2. Check the weekly location – it will be emailed and posted to the Arboretum’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts each Friday during the challenge (see schedule below).
3. Head to the Arboretum each week and take a photo at the weekly location.
4. Post your photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the directions below.

  • Facebook:
    Go to the Arboretum Facebook Page
    Find the weekly location post pinned to the top of the Arboretum page
    Post your photo as a comment on the appropriate week’s location post
  • Instagram:
    Note – your account MUST be set to public to participate
    Upload your photo to Instagram
    Tag your photo with @houstonarboretum, #HoustonArboretum, and #ArboretumWalkingChallenge. As a bonus, select Houston Arboretum & Nature Center under ‘Add Location’
  • Twitter:
    Compose a tweet with your photo included and tag @HoustonArboretu (no M), #HoustonArboretum, and #ArboretumWalkingChallenge
  • Email:
    If you do not use social media, you can email your photos every week to marketing@houstonarboretum.org.

5. Get your FREE membership in the mail by the beginning of March.

We will post the location on the following dates:
January 3
January 10
January 17
January 24

All photos must be uploaded by January 31.

*Please note: only individual memberships will be provided. Upgrades are available by paying the difference. Please call 713.681.8433 to upgrade. You must be 18 or older to participate in the challenge. We will send you weekly emails with reminders to hit the trails. At the end of the challenge, we will send one final email confirming your membership before we mail it to you.