30 Minutes For 30 Days – Are You Up for the Challenge?


Join the Ontario government and Ontario Parks this August for a challenge that will recharge your connection with nature while improving health and mental well-being.

Ontario Parks is encouraging people in Ontario to participate in the 30×30 Challenge, a concept created by the David Suzuki Foundation, which challenges people to reconnect with nature by spending 30 minutes a day outside for 30 days.

You don’t have to venture far to spend time in nature – even time spent in your backyard or local park can help boost your immune system, decrease stress, and help alleviate symptoms of some mental health issues.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Ontario Parks can be a great starting place. The Ontario Parks Blog and YouTube channel have many ideas for what you can do for your 30×30 Challenge.  Looking for options that everyone can access and enjoy? Visit the Agawa Rock Pictographs in Lake Superior Park – 35 red ochre images are visible; one of the few pictograph sites in Ontario accessible by foot or the Spanish River which offers paddling for canoeists of intermediate skill level, with Class I and II rapids, lots of swifts and moving water.

Kathryn McGarry“Ontario is home to many great outdoor opportunities, whether it is one of Ontario’s provincial parks, a green space in your local neighbourhood or just your back garden. The 30×30 Challenge is a great way to explore our province and your local community while also being healthy, active and appreciating mother nature.”  — Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

Ontario Parks is giving you an incentive to meet your nature commitment.  On August 16, all provincial parks across Ontario will be offering free day use to help re-energize and complete the last half of the 30×30 Challenge!

By accepting the 30×30 Challenge, you are committing to a healthy lifestyle!

Ontario Parks supports the link between a healthy environment and healthy society and helps connect people to nature through initiatives like Healthy Parks, Healthy People and the 30×30 Challenge.