RC Sustainability Committee, Dakota Rural Action sponsor first-ever Earth Day Trail Challenge

RAPID CITY, S.D. — If you love hiking and cleaning up nature to help the forest stay healthy, the Rapid City Sustainability Committee has the just the thing for you.

The Committee, along with Dakota Rural Action, sponsored the first-ever Earth Day Trail Challenge, which helps continue Earth Week by getting people outside to hike while picking up garbage on the trails.

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To participate, you must hike the Skyline Amphitheater Trail, Hanson-Larson Memorial Park’s Far West Trail, and the State Game, Fish & Parks Natural Trail at Outdoor Campus West.

You must take a selfie with each “Happy Earth Day” sign on all three trails to receive a pin. Organizers say it’s about keeping the momentum from Earth Day.

“The goal is just to get people outside, hiking on the trails. We encourage them to bring some sort of plastic bag or box or something to pack out some trash that maybe other people have left, so you kinda keep the Earth Day, Earth Week thing rolling,” said Ria Harper, an intern with Rapid City Solid Waste.

It began on Earth Day – April 22 – and runs through the end of May.

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