walking challenge

2021 New Year’s Walking Challenge

Time in nature has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety – something we could all use help with after making it through 2020. Start 2021 off on the right foot by joining the New Year’s Walking Challenge! Enjoy the great outdoors and earn a free Arboretum Individual Membership. To participate, sign up for the challenge by December 31, 2020, visit the Arboretum once a week for four consecutive weeks (January 8 – February 5), 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.

Challenge Finisher List

Emails have been sent out to all Walking Challenge finishers. If you completed the Challenge, but did not receive an email and your name is not on the list above, please email marketing@houstonarboretum.org.

Here is how it works:
1. Register for the Walking Challenge by December 31, 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. It is also helpful if you 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. Receive an email with instructions for redeeming your FREE membership before the end of February.

We will post the location on the following dates:
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29

All photos must be uploaded by February 5.

*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 all challenge finishers one final email with information on how to redeem your membership.