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

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

Province Challenges People to Spend 30 Minutes Outdoors Every Day

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 30x30 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 30x30 Challenge.  Looking for options that everyone can access and enjoy? Visit the accessible playground at Murphy's Point or borrow an all-terrain wheelchair at Killbear to enjoy the trails or spend some time at the beach.    

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 30x30 Challenge!

By accepting the 30x30 Challenge, you are committing to a healthy lifestyle!

Quick Facts

  • There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering over eight million hectares and offering a variety of outdoor experiences including birding, fishing, camping, and winter activities.
  • In 2016, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits including people from around the world and generated over $88 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses across the province.
  • 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 30x30 Challenge.

Additional Resources

Quotes

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 30x30 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

Media Contacts

  • Media Calls Only: Emily Kirk

    Minister’s Office

    416-314-2206

  • Media Calls Only: Media Desk

    Communications Services Branch

    416-314-2106

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