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The Flora & Fauna Fanatic Challenge

Are the songbirds cheering you on? A toad hops along with you? Pass by a field fringed by helianthus or goldenrod? Snap a photo! Share your images of native Virginia plants and wildlife with us and you could win a prize package!

What You Will Win

Be the person that shares the best pictures of native Virginia plants and wildlife from their Run for the Wild 5K and you will win:

Crewel & Unusual Nature Patch and Hat Combo

Included is a 2″ x 3″ Nature is my Church patch, an Atlas Moth Woodland Camo Hat and a Nature Take the Wheel 5 Panel Hat all custom made and embroidered in Richmond, VA by Crewel & Unusual.

Department of Wildlife Resources’ Guide to Virginia Animals Bundle

This bundle contains 1 each of the Guide to Turtles of Virginia, Guide to Bats of Virginia, Guide to Snakes and Lizards of Virginia, and the Guide to Salamanders of Virginia.

1-Year Print Subscription to Blue Ridge Outdoors

Blue Ridge Outdoors is your guide to fly fishing in the Southeast, mountain biking in the Blue Ridge and adventure travel from the Highlands to the Piedmont.

Keep Virginia Cozy Merch Coupon & Sticker Pack

Included is a coupon for merchandise from Keep Virginia Cozy and a sticker pack for your car, laptop, waterbottles, or wherever you want to show your support for Virginia’s wild spaces!

1-Year Print Subscription to Virginia Wildlife Magazine


Virginia Wildlife is your ticket to learning more about Virginia’s spectacular wildlife, fisheries, and breathtaking habitats.

How to Participate in the Flora & Fauna Fanatic Challenge

Use Strava to Track Your Activity

Don’t have a Strava account? Visit Strava.com or download their app to get started. It is free to use and it will allow us to easily judge everyone’s results. Make sure your account is set to public so we can see your activity. Already have a Strava account? Join our Virginia Wildlife Run Club!

Run (or Walk) Your 5K on July 17, 18, or 19, 2020 and Take Some Pictures Along the Way

In order to be eligible, you must complete the 5K distance (3.1 miles) in your Strava activity. Do not go over the 5K distance. Once you have completed your 5K, name your activity “Run for the Wild”.

Upload Your Photos to Your Strava Activity

Upload your best photos of the native Virginia plants and wildlife you saw along your route to your Run for the Wild 5K activity using the Strava app or website.

Submit Your Activity Before Monday, July 20, 2020

After you have completed your Run for the Wild 5K registration you will be sent a separate email with the Run for the Wild Challenge Submission Form the week of the event. Complete and submit that form before the deadline to be eligible for an award. Only one entry per person and you can only enter in one of the four listed challenges.

The Winner will be Announced on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The person that shares the best pictures of native Virginia plants and wildlife from their Run for the Wild 5K will win the Flora & Fauna Fanatic Challenge Award and will be notified via email. All challenge award winners will be announced on the DWR website and social media channels.