David Suzuki Foundation #30x30Challenge

by: EJ on 05/03/2016

For the past five years, The David Suzuki Foundation has invited Canadians and people around the world to join the 30×30 Nature Challenge. Last year, over 16,000 people signed up to spend 30 minutes outside each day for 30 days. The goal is to cultivate the nature habit by getting outside everyday for at least 30 minutes.

The 30 x 30 Challenge website says, "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.

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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."

The David Suzuki Foundation has plenty of fantastic resources on their website. When you can sign up for the challenge, you will receive a free toolkit as well as regular updates.  In addition, there are daily tips to help you come with great ideas to what to do each day. 

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New Society Publishers is pleased to support this idea too.  Each day of May we are going to be sharing a new activity on Twitter taken from the upcoming book by Jacob Rodenburg and Drew Monkman, The Big Book of Nature Activities: A Year-Round Guide to Outdoor Learning. We started yesterday with a lovely spring poem from Kathryn Worth,  and today we are sharing spring nature highlights by region so no matter where you live in Canada, you can celebrate the arrival of spring! And if you register for the 30 x 30 Nature Challenge at the David Suzuki Foundation, your name will be entered into a draw for a prize package which includes a copy of The Big Book of Nature.

Follow us @newsocietypub, for all 30 activities ranging from quiet contemplation of the night sky to the hilarious bee dance activity. See you outside!

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