30x30 NATURE CHALLENGE



For 30 DAYS Spend 30 MINUTES In Nature

Laugh out loud. Breathe. Reach new heights and be a kid again! 

For 30 days, 30 minutes a day, we hope to inspire your health, happiness and wellbeing. We invite you to step outside, visit open space areas like San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and explore beautiful San Diego County. It's as easy as 1,2,3,4 ...

  1. Make the commitment. Choose a start date. Commit to spending at least 30 minutes of the next 30 days outside in nature.
     
  2. Choose a location. Visit GetOutsideSanDiego.org to find 1,100 local parks. Search parks by recreation types: hikes, beaches, ball parks, fishing, wildlife viewing, playgrounds, camping and more.
     
  3. Choose a daily inspirational tip. See Daily Tips (below) and play in any order outside. Helpful mobile friendly link
     
  4. Take a photo of your experiences (selfies encouraged). Share your moments using hashtags: #30x30naturechallenge and  #GetOutsideSanDiego Optional: #sanelijolagoon (your location, may change daily) | #dailytiplisten (your tip, changes daily.)

30x30 Nature Challenge

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
 

Break away and find a new trail near you and when you travel.
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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 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.

BRING A FRIEND

Whether they have two legs or four, share the experience with your furry friends on the trails.

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 in 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
 

 Hear that? Mullet make a splash. 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.

SHARE KNOWLEDGE
 

With family friends or strangers! Pass on cool facts or experiences to broaden another's views.

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