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30 ways to get outside this August 

30 minutes in nature for 30 days straight. Are you up for the 30×30 Challenge?

Ontario Parks is challenging you to spend the month of August out in nature. Being in nature has a wide range of benefits to our physical and mental health. Spending quality time in nature is an opportunity to connect with your loved ones and Ontario’s beautiful natural environment.

By accepting the 30×30 challenge, you are committing to a healthy lifestyle in the outdoors!

Get outside!

Here are just some of the ways you can get your dose of Vitamin N this month:

1. Kayak

2. Watch the sunset or sunrise

3. Climb to a lookout

4. Go for a trail run

5. Cycling

6. Attend a Discovery Program

7. Try forest bathing

8. Play music

9. Stand-up paddleboard

10. Fish

11. Take a hike

12. Go for a swim

13. Nature photography

14. Canoe

15. Yoga

16. Find shapes in the clouds

17. Birding

18. Have a picnic

19. Play frisbee

20. Pause for some quiet contemplation

21. Read a book

22. Go to the beach

23. Play lawn games

24. Make a s’more

25. Walk your dog

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26. Play cards

27. Have a campfire

28. Be a citizen scientist

29. Go stargazing

30. Go camping!

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Find a park near you using the Park Locator.

Get outside to win!

Did you know you can win a season’s pass by completing the 30×30 Challenge?

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Share a photo of yourself being active in a provincial park in August, and you could win a season’s pass!

All you have to do is use #30x30Challenge and tag @OntarioParks. Contest is open on Twitter and Instagram. Click here for full contest rules.

Challenge others

Why not challenge your loved ones to take the challenge with you? Taking the challenge with others will help you stay on track, and you can even take your nature time together!

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The 30×30 Challenge is about making nature into a habit. By committing to being in nature for 30 minutes a day, you are committing to improving your health in the outdoors.

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Ontario Parks supports Healthy Parks Healthy People, a worldwide movement that works to promote and understand the link between a healthy environment and healthy society.

This will be the fifth year Ontario Parks has offered the 30×30 Challenge. Participants can track their progress on social media using #30x30Challenge.

To learn more, visit the Ontario Parks website.