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Take the eco-Summer Challenge!

June 30, 2020

Are you ready to take the eco-summer challenge? Each week in July, we challenge kids and their families to participate in a summer challenge! Each challenge encourages you and your kids to get outside, explore nature, and create! Check out the description and guidelines for each challenge below.

Once you complete your challenge, stop by Cumberland Transit to pick-up a small prize! Each week a random entry will be selected to win an additional nature-themed prize that can be picked up in-store at Cumberland Transit. One grand prize winner who will win a nature explorer backpack and tickets to Cheekwood!

Looking for a printed packet of all the challenge guidelines? Stop by the front desk to Cumberland Transit to pick one up!

Challenge #1: Litter Clean-Up!

July 5th-12th

Almost all of the trash that ends up in our streams and rivers starts as trash left on the ground in neighborhoods. You can help keep our water clean just by picking up trash near your home. Your challenge is to complete a litter clean-up and scavenger hunt!

Winners: Wyatt and Layla are our litter clean-up winners! Look at what they found on their clean-up!


Challenge #2: Discover Biodiversity!

July 12th-19th

The world is full of amazing plants and animals, we call this biodiversity! Take a few minutes this week to search and observe the plants and animals near you. All of these living things rely on a healthy environment to survive.

Winner: Jodi is our biodiversity winner! Check out the three different types of biodiversity she found!


Challenge #3: Create an Aquatic Critter!

July 19th-26th

When there are lots of different aquatic critters in a creek, that means that our water is healthy! This week you can create your own critter that would live in a healthy creek, stream, or the Cumberland River.

Winner: Wyatt and Layla are this week’s winners! Here’s what they had to say about the challenge:

“We had such a blast with this challenge! We took 5 hours and made a Snapping Turtle that we named Brownie. We even made a fish and some plants as his food. He has a shell for protection, claws and a mouth to catch prey, and legs to walk around and swim with!”


Challenge #4: Create water-inspired art!

July 26th-August 2nd

Nature often inspires us to be creative. This week we hope that you will use the water near you to inspire you as you create your very own art piece. Art is also a great way to encourage others to care about nature and our environment.

Winner: Wyatt and Layla are this week’s winners. Here’s what they had to say about their piece of art.

“This is an art piece representing why the creek by our house is important. While brainstorming, we talked about how the creek was important for animals that need access to water. We included the bank on either side of the creek because it allows us to sit next to the creek, while also letting animals sit next to the water. We put Brownie, our turtle from the last challenge, and a fish in the creek to represent some of the animals that use the creek daily. We had a blast!”



Everyone is a winner at Cumberland Transit!

Every kid who participates in the eco-Summer Challenges can pick-up a FREE sticker prize at Cumberland Transit! Weekly winners will also pick-up prizes there each week. Keep exploring this summer and check out Cumberland Transit for all your outdoor needs to be #VentureReady!


Grand Prize!

The Kids Nature Backpack Kit is the perfect set for encouraging kids’ natural curiosity and introducing them to the wonders of nature! This backpack kit for kids provides real hands-on tools that allow them to explore the worlds of birds, plants, insects, and more. This Kids Nature Backpack Kit, previously called the Young Naturalist’s Backpack Kit, is a Gold Award winner in the 2007 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) competition for quality educational toys.

You will also win a family four-pack of tickets to Cheekwood Estate and Gardens!

Thank you to KEEN Footwear for their support of our eco-Summer Challenges!