30×30 FAQs

What is the 30×30 Nature Challenge?
For the past three years, the David Suzuki Foundation invited Canadians to join the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Living in the digital age, most of us spend too much time in front of screens and little time outdoors. It’s time for us all to get outside and cultivate the “nature habit”.

During the month of May, we asked participants to pledge to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days. Spending time in nature reduces stress and improves well-being.

When does the Challenge start?
The third annual 30×30 Nature Challenge ran during the month of May 2014.

How can I register?
Registration is closed for 2014, but we encourage you to complete your own 30×30 Challenge anytime.

Can my workplace/school do the 30×30 Challenge?
We are keen to encourage workplaces and schools to get outside with the 30×30 Challenge. To get started, check out our free toolkits for workplaces and schools so you can engage your colleagues and students in the Challenge. The kits provide communication tips and engagement ideas along with official 30×30 posters. 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. The birds, bees (and other critters) are always nearby. You just have to take time to watch and listen.

What counts as “time in nature”?
We’re often asked this question! And the answer is pretty 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. 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. Even David Suzuki missed a day or two during last year’s Challenge!