Win great prizes, have fun and support environmental health!

Hike, bike, walk, take photos of the outdoors, or have a beer and know you're playing a part in keeping our environment healthy. Be part of Housatonic Valley Association’s (HVA) inaugural Explore-a-thon! 

WHAT: a virtual fundraising and awareness-building event to encourage people of all ages to get outside and support HVA in keeping waters and lands healthy.

WHEN: anytime during the entire month of June.

WHERE: anywhere in the nearly 2,000 square mile tri-state Housatonic Valley Watershed. 


  • To win exciting prizes like an REI daypack, guided overnight river experience, new hiking boots, a Patagonia prize pack, an evening at Troutbeck, and more.
  • To have fun outdoors in a beautiful part of the world. 
  • To keep our waters, lands and wildlife healthy by supporting HVA.


  • Register as an individual or form a team. Your registration fee is a donation toward HVA's mission to protect the natural character and environmental health of the Housatonic Watershed.
  • You’ll be given a chance to create your own fundraising page, and we hope you will. This is a great way to spread the word about our cause, let your friends know how you're helping, and encourage them to join you by making a donation. Creating a fundraising page is not required, though, unless you're competing for the most money or donors raised. 
  • Visit the Competitions and Prizes page, decide how you want to participate, and log your adventures. Competing isn’t required, but there are all kinds of options—best bird photo, most miles hiked with a dog or biked, most money raised, sightseeing—there's something for everybody! 

MORE WAYS TO HELP: make a donation or visit one of our partner breweries! More information on the events tab.

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is a tri-state nonprofit citizen’s environmental group working to conserve the natural character, environmental health, and economies of our region by protecting and restoring its land and waters.

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