30x30 NATURE CHALLENGE



30 DAYS | 30 MINUTES 

Nature is here for you.

Laugh out loud. Breathe. Reach new heights and be a kid again! As part of 30th Anniversary celebrations we invite you to connect with our 30x30 Nature Challenge. For 30 days, 30 minutes a day, we hope to inspire your health, happiness and well-being. Fall in love with nature and get reacquainted. Take some down time from screen time and be in the wild. Take the challenge! Invite your friends and family to join you in the 30x30 Nature Challenge.

Share your moments using hashtags: #loveyourlagoon | #30x30naturechallenge | #SELC30

DAILY TIPS

LISTEN

The female mallard makes the "quacking" duck sound. What other bird or animal sounds can you hear?

LAUGH OUT LOUD
 

 Practice smiling. Remember something funny. Share laughter with others in your nature discoveries.

COUNT THE ANIMALS
 

Two mule deer are spotted. How many animals will you encounter outside? Take a count.

WALK IN THE RAIN

 Inclement weather keeps many of us indoors. Rainy days are an invitation to feel solace on our walks.

FLUTTER BY

 Find a beautiful butterfly, or any critter, and admire its markings
and colors.

FIND A NEW TRAIL
 

We all have our routines. Break away and find a new trail near you and when you travel.

BE CURIOUS

Who is that? Make a note, a photo, and ID your discoveries of unfamiliar animals or plants. 

SMELL NATURE 

Do we smell the same things? Rub a plant and savor its scent. Sages are especially fragrant.

GO BIRDING

 Birds are everywhere! Listen for their vocalizations, and notice how they stand alone or gather in flocks.

BREATHE
 

Practice mindfulness in coastal and riparian breezes. Be where you are and breathe in nature.

SAVOR SUNSET
 

Will you see a Green Flash over the ocean at sunset? End the day with sunset surprises.

FIND COLOR
 

 Color your world with observations of nature's hues, from fungi on a tree limb to the flash of a hummingbird's throat.

REACH NEW HEIGHTS

 Be on top of the world! Ascend a trail with views. Think about the busy-ness below you've left behind.

BE A KID AGAIN
 

 Baby animals remind us of being young. Skip along a trail. Open your mind like a child in wonderment.

LOOK FOR DETAIL
 

No spider web is ever the same. Pause a moment and admire nature's strength and symmetry.

GET TICKLED

Watch an insect scuttle, hop, amble, whizz and fly by. Little critters can tickle our imaginations.

WALK YOUR DOG

Waggy tails lead to happy trails when our furry friends come along. Grab a leash and go.

THINK BRIGHTLY
 

Feeling blue? Find brightness in the hues of wildflowers, peeling barks, and even the soils underfoot.

FIND YOUR SERENITY
 

 Party of one? Make it a date and enjoy yourself. Being one with nature rocks.

STEP INTO HISTORY

Shell middens reveal Native American habitation. Who are the earliest people where you live?

REFLECT

 Look for natural reflections. See yourself in water's mirror and reflect on the ways you love nature.

SEE EYE-TO-EYE
 

Nature centers, like San Elijo Lagoon, often have animal ambassadors. Get up close and meet them eye-to-eye. 

CLOUD WATCH

Look up! Watching clouds move above us can clear the mind and calm the senses.

MAKE A SPLASH
 

 Did you hear that? Mullet make a splash from lagoon waters. Look and listen for birds and critters along the banks of the lagoon.

DIG IN

 Volunteer in our native plant nursery. Dig in. Plant seeds and watch your efforts grow.

BE CAREFREE
 

Walk. Bike. Hike. Sit in the sun or feel the winds. Leave only footprints and take away memories. 

TOUCH A PLANT
 

  Feel the veins of a leaf. Pinch a bit of sage to release its scent, or the tip of a salty pickleweed.

PICK UP TRASH
 

Pick up trash on trails and beaches where you play. Animals thank you for making Earth a better place.

BE UP FOR SUNRISE

Feel the warmth of the day beginning with the first colors of light as you sip your warm morning brew.

TOUR WITH GRANDDAD
 

Invite your nephews, nieces, cousins, grandparents and multigenerational friends to explore with you. 

OUR VISION is a world where biodiversity is preserved, and people act
to conserve nature
and embrace it as central
to a healthy community.