Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge

October 1 - 31, 2020

  • Support clean water
  • Register to receive a t-shirt
  • Walk, fundraise, or share pictures to win raffle prizes

The Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge is a crowdfunding campaign to encourage people to spend time exploring the outdoors, on trails or in your neighborhood, while helping to raise $10,000 for the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy. Participants that register will receive a t-shirt with our cool Gunpowder Watershed design and are eligible for our raffle prize giveaways!

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) is a Baltimore County-based land trust and watershed restoration non-profit organization. Since 1989, the GVC has protected 1800+ acres in conservation easements, planted 31,000+ trees and removed 240+ tons of trash throughout the watershed. Learn more about the GVC's work.

Special thanks to our 2020 Explore the Gunpowder Watershed sponsors for their support.

Register for the Watershed Challenge

To sign up for the Watershed Challenge, follow the steps below to create your personal fundraising page and make your first donation!

  1. Click the "Create my own fundraising page" button on the fundraising page.
  2. Fill out the form in the pop-up window to create your page.
  3. Make a minimum donation of $45 on your new personal page to register, receive your t-shirt and be eligible for our prize giveaways.
  4. Share your fundraising page to help us reach our goal!

Once you register, we will reach out to you to get your t-shirt size. We will deliver shirts within Baltimore County to all participants that register by Monday, September 21.

Want to register as a family? The primary contact person will need to create their own fundraising page and make a minimum donation of $75. Your family will then be eligible to receive 2 adult t-shirts.

Thank you for following your local COVID-19 rules when participating in outdoor activities such as Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge.

Challenge Yourself to Win Prizes!

Take your adventure to the next level! The Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge is offering three ways for you to be entered into our raffles:

Get Active! Challenge

Complete 45 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling, etc. This is the length of the Gunpowder watershed and a great symbolic goal. Keep track of your progress using your activity tracker app of choice (e.g. Strava, Map My Run, etc). We will be adding a Google Form soon for you to fill out when you have achieved your goal. You’ll then be entered into a raffle to win gift cards to local businesses totaling $100.

Completed your 45 miles? Click here to submit your Get Active! Challenge form.

Crowdfunding Challenge

Show your support for clean water! Anyone who raises at least $250 for Gunpowder Valley Conservancy on their personal fundraiser page will be entered into a raffle to win gift cards to local businesses totaling $150.

Social Media Challenge

Share your adventures on social media! Post pictures with #GVCExplore and tag Gunpowder Valley Conservancy on facebook and instagram to be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Visa gift card.

How to Participate

Whether or not you register, we encourage everyone to spend some extra time this October and #GVCExplore our beautiful watershed. From brook trout to rockfish, the Gunpowder sustains a rich variety of wildlife as it flows from the hilly Piedmont of northern Baltimore County down to the sandy shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Home to Prettyboy and Loch Raven Reservoirs, the Gunpowder watershed also sustains us by supplying over 60% of the greater Baltimore area’s drinking water.

Here are some suggestions for places to explore within the watershed:

Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail - you know it, you love it, the NCR Trail! View general park information.

Nature Centers - great for families and friends. May we suggest Marshy Point Nature Center, Cromwell Valley Park, and Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Reservoirs - spend time around the water at Prettyboy Reservoir and Loch Raven Reservoir.

Gunpowder Falls State Park - endless hiking and exploring within the state park. Get driving directions for all state park areas. Here are trail maps for:

2020 Explore the Gunpowder Watershed Challenge Sponsors