What is the 30×30 Nature Challenge?

Since 2012, the David Suzuki Foundation has invited Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Tens of thousands of people have been inspired to spend 30 minutes outside each day for 30 days. Join us in cultivating the nature habit!

When does the Challenge start?

You can start your 30×30 Challenge any time. Check out the daily tips for motivation. You can also download the school and workplace toolkits to inspire your community to join you in cultivating the nature habit.

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 everyone to get outside and enjoy nature more often. Little by little, you can cultivate the nature habit.