Nature Is Calling

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

Most of us spend too much time in front of screens and little time outdoors. It’s time for us all to get outside. Nature is calling!

Each spring, the David Suzuki Foundation challenges Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. But we hope the nature habit lasts all year long.

Over the past four years, the 30×30 Challenge has inspired tens of thousands of individuals 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!

Register here for the 30×30 nature challenge in French.



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.


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



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.

Read about the 2015 workplace challenge winner here!


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!

Read about the 2015 classroom challenge winner here!


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 2015 30×30 Nature Challenge was held during the month of May. Workplaces and schools host the Challenge through the year, so download a 30×30 toolkit to get started. Our hope is to foster the nature habit all year long.

How can I register?

Registration for the 2015 30×30 Nature Challenge is now closed. Join us again in May 2016!

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

Yes! Register online and get our free toolkits for workplaces 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.


Daily Tips

Take a nap
Eat Alfresco
Breathe Barefoot
Cloud Watch
Wake up with nature
Start a natural collection
Read the news outside
Bring nature indoors
Dig in
Get Dirty
Dance in the rain
Jump in mud puddles
Walk a dog

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