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JOIN THE 30×30 CHALLENGE!

Want to get healthier, happier and smarter? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.

Each spring, the David Suzuki Foundation challenges Canadians to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days.

Nature is calling! Sign up for the 30×30 Nature Challenge today.

Most of us spend too much time in front of screens and little time outdoors. It’s time for us all to get outside. During the month of May, we’re asking Canadians to pledge to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days.

Over the past three years, the 30×30 Challenge has inspired tens of thousands of Canadians and hundreds of workplaces and schools to cultivate the nature habit. They took to the great outdoors, doubling their time spent outside. Our research showed that participants were sleeping better, felt calmer and less stressed. Impressive results for a half hour a day!

Join us in taking the 30×30 Nature Challenge, so we can reap nature’s benefits together. See you outside!

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YOU + NATURE

A growing chorus of scientists and researchers agree: time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier and less stressed. It increases creativity and lowers risk of heart attacks. It even makes us nicer, more empathetic humans, with more meaningful relationships and increased community involvement.​

Check out this great INFOGRAPHIC summarizing the science behind the health benefits of nature.

Evidence shows that being regularly immersed in a natural setting, like a park, wetland or woodlot, reduces blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels and boosts immunity. Simply having a view of nature leads to faster patient recovery times in hospitals and higher job satisfaction and increased concentration in office workers. Outdoor exercise increases energy levels and reduces anger, depression and obesity.

For children, studies show that time outdoors, especially unstructured time in more natural settings, can increase curiosity, creativity and problem solving ability. It also improves their physical fitness and coordination and reduces symptoms associated with attention deficit disorder. It can even reduce the likelihood of needing glasses for near-sightedness.

Studies also demonstrate that nature can have profound effects on entire neighbourhoods or communities by improving job and life satisfaction of residents and aiding community cohesion and identity. It can even reduce violence and bridge the gap in health between high and low-income communities.

Given this amazing array of benefits and our increasing urbanization and isolation from nature, it is essential that we reframe of our traditional view of nature as a place for leisure and sport towards one that emphasizes a full range of physical, mental, and social health benefits.

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30X30 AT WORK

Busy, high-tech lifestyles take a toll on the workplace, resulting in reduced productivity, lower job satisfaction and higher rates of absenteeism. But there’s an easy prescription for healthier lives and more vibrant communities: a regular dose of nature.

Support wellness in your organization or company through the 30×30 Nature Challenge for Workplaces. Register your workplace and get the official 30×30 Workplace Toolkit for tips, resources and fun workplace challenges to help you engage your colleagues.

#NATUREISCALLING TWITTER CHALLENGE

The David Suzuki Foundation wants to hear how you and your colleagues are connecting with nature. During the month of May, send us stories and pictures of your staff enjoying some green time.

Tweet to us from your workplace account using the #natureiscalling hashtag and tagging @DavidSuzukiFDN. We’ll retweet your photos and one workplace will receive a prize pack along with recognition on the DSF website.

Nature is calling! It’s time to get outside.

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30×30 At School

Children today spend less time outdoors than any generation in human history. Canadian kids spend on average six hours each day in front of the TV or computer and less than an hour outdoors.

Time in nature can reduce stress and symptoms of attention-deficit disorders while boosting immunity, energy levels and creativity. Plus, children who spend time in nature are far more likely to protect it later in life.

The message is clear—kids need nature! And so do teachers.

If you’re a teacher or school administrator, register your school or classroom and get our 30×30 Challenge School Toolkit. It’s full of tips, resources and activity ideas to help you engage your students and colleagues. Last year over 600 schools across Canada took part!

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30×30 FAQs

What is the 30×30 Nature Challenge?

For the past four years, the David Suzuki Foundation has invited Canadians to join the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Last year, over 15,000 people signed up to spend 30 minutes outside each day for 30 days. Join us in cultivating the nature habit!

When does the Challenge start?

The fourth annual 30×30 Nature Challenge will run during the month of May 2015.

How can I register?

Registration is closed for now, but we encourage you to complete your own 30×30 Challenge anytime.

Can my workplace/school do the 30×30 Challenge?

Yes! Register online and get our free toolkits forworkplaces and schools They’re full of tips and activities, as well as ideas for getting your colleagues involved. Once you download your kit, you’ll receive regular updates to support you in engaging your community.

Where can we find nearby nature?

Nature isn’t a destination—it’s literally in your backyard. Green space is as close as your neighbourhood park or garden. Community gardens, trails, ravines and beaches are often a short diversion from your daily route. Birds, bees and other critters are always nearby. You just have to take time to watch and listen.

What counts as “time in nature”?

Good question! It’s simple: time in nature is about getting outside and taking time to notice and connect with the non-human life around you.

Time in nature is not always the same as being outside — most busy city thoroughfares aren’t very green or calming. But the good news for urban dwellers is that even small green spaces are beneficial if you relax and pay attention to nature when you’re there. We recommend putting your electronic devices away so you can use all your senses to listen for bird song, breathe fresh air and watch for local wildlife.

Can you give us some ideas for spending 30 minutes in nature during the workday?

Check out our Daily Tips and be sure to join David Suzuki on Facebook to see how others are getting their daily doses of nature.

I don’t live in Canada. Can I still participate?

Yes! Thousands of people from all over the world participate each year. Share your pictures and stories — we’d love to hear how you spend time in nature!

I missed a day – can I still participate in the Challenge?

Of course! The Challenge isn’t about being perfect. We want to encourage Canadians to get outside and enjoy nature more often. Little by little, you can cultivate the nature habit.

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