Nature Walks Photo Contest

View of the Mississippi River at sunrise

In response to a unique Fall 2020 semester, and the desire to create community among students in health professional programs, BeWELL is partnering with the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP) and Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing in promoting a student-led nature walk photo contest for UMN interprofessional health sciences students.

The purpose of the photo contest is to ensure that all students feel welcome, begin to build community in the new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC), and stay healthy and engaged on or off campus by incorporating nature or wellness walks into their regular activity.

About the Contest

Start date: Monday, September 14
End date: Sunday, October 18
Participation platform: Instagram

Participants: To be a participant, you must be a currently enrolled student in a health sciences program at the University of Minnesota.

Short description: Health sciences students are encouraged to post photos of their favorite nature walks, either on or off campus, and to use the hashtag #NatureWalksUMN to enter their nature walk into the photo contest. Winners will be selected in a few different categories, and will receive one of many prizes we are gathering from University groups.

General guidelines: Participants must abide by the Health Sciences social media policy.

What constitutes an entry?

  1. Photos and/or videos showing your nature walk features
  2. Photos may not include people other than the participant submitting the photo (if desired)
  3. Must include a minimum of 5 photos or videos in a single post to enter
  4. Must include a short description of your walk and location - perhaps detailing your favorite feature, place to rest, accessibility, and how long the route takes
  5. Must include hashtag #NatureWalksUMN in the caption or comments to enter
  6. Challenge a friend to post their #NatureWalksUMN walk on campus or elsewhere!

How many entries are allowed?: Unlimited

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded by October 31st, including most UMN locations tagged, most entries, longest route, most accessible, hidden gem, and more!

Please contact Zack at [email protected] with any questions.

Student Leaders:
Megan Hadley and Zack Gill, both UMN graduate students working together on a Nature-Based Therapeutics independent study project. Megan is in the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching MA program, while Zack is pursuing a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices.