A person wearing sunglasses standing in front of a lake. They are holding a rectangular green sign that reads "30 x 30 Nature Challenge"

Take the 30×30 Challenge this August

Do you want to get a better night sleep? Be more creative? Have more focus and attention?

What about a higher level of job satisfaction, or a general feeling of being restored?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the 30×30 Challenge might be for you!

Studies show that time spent in nature makes us happier, healthier, and less stressed. As little as 30 minutes per day can lower your blood pressure, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and boost your mood!

Imagine how your health and happiness could improve by spending time in nature each day for a month. That’s what the 30×30 Challenge is all about.

How to participate

Joining the August 30×30 Challenge is simple.

This August, Ontario Parks and Healthy Parks Healthy People challenge you to make nature a priority by spending 30 minutes outside every day for 30 days.

person looking up at forest canopy

All you need to do is choose where to spend your 30 minutes, and what activities to try. For ideas, check out: Five outdoor activities to improve your health.

Special events

We encourage you to find meaningful moments in nature — whether in our parks, a forest, a beach, or in your own backyard!

Your 30 minutes outside can be as simple as breathing deeply, closing your eyes, and relaxing your brain and body.

If you are looking to join one of the engaging events happening in parks across the province, be sure to visit our online events calendar.

Here are some events and activities to get you outside in August:

Disc golf course

Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a great place for a round of disc golf.

The 18-hole course is accessible at Parking Lot F and features a mix of wide-open long shots and short tight shots.

The park offers rentals if you don’t have your own disc.

Species at Risk Day

Four Ontario Parks staff standing side by side holding a very long snake with all of their hands

Join us to discover more about species at risk in Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

Come to one, or all of the activities planned throughout the day!

  • Where: Presqu’ile Provincial Park
  • When: Saturday, August 19
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m. – Mini bio blitz
    • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Fun fair: Activities, crafts, info stations, and more!
    • 7:00 p.m. – Live animal demonstration with Scien-sational Snakes!

Remnants of the past guided hike

Two people stand side by side examining remains of the Prisoner of War camp, deep in the woods.

As you investigate the past of Neys Provincial Park, you may be shocked to find a vital part of Canada’s contribution to World War II.

Join our Discovery Program Interpreters at the Visitor Centre for an hour-long walk through Area One to witness the remains of POW Camp 100 and catch a glimpse of the stories they hold.

  • Where: Neys Provincial Park at the Visitor Centre
  • When: Fridays and Saturdays in August at 2:00 p.m.

Summer Loon Count

A loon floating in a lake.

The acidification of Killarney’s lakes in the 1960s and 70s had a harmful effect on our loon populations.

Fortunately, our lakes are in recovery, and loons have returned to breed on many of the lakes.

Help us monitor the health of our loon populations by participating in our Summer Loon Count. Preregistration is required.

Bike rodeo

person biking on park road

Bring your bikes and help us celebrate active transportation.

Join Bonnechere staff and the Killaloe OPP to learn more about bike safety and maintenance.

Practice your hand signals on a specially built course meant to test your bike-safety and ability.

Afterwards, have fun decorating your bike and join us on a parade around the Park!

Pinery bee walk

A Common Eastern Bumble Bee sipping nectar from Butterfly Milkweed flowers

Wildlife Preservation Canada will be hosting two bee walks at Pinery this summer.

The walks include an intro about bumble bees, hands-on surveying, and some identification practice. Parents are responsible for the safety and supervision of their children.

Preregistration is required.

Bonus: give plogging a go!

Man bends down to pick up trash

It may have a funny name, but the concept of plogging is simple.

Eco-friendly folks head out for a jog and bring an empty garbage bag (and a glove) to pick up trash along the way. During your jog, you are prepared to pause, and pick up litter as you see it.

It’s a great way to give back to valuable ecosystems during your 30×30 Challenge!

  • Where: any green space
  • When: any time!

What are you waiting for?

The 30×30 Challenge starts August 1.

Keep track of your journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by sharing photos and stories with the #30x30Challenge hashtag.