30x30 NATURE CHALLENGE



MAY 1-30, 2018: 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 in May. 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.)

GRAND PRIZE: Taste of the Trails Tour 
Presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

See What Comes Out As the Sun Goes Down. Explore San Elijo Lagoon as daytime heat shifts to cool summer evenings and where freshwater and ocean water mingle to create a unique type of wetland called an estuary. You and 9 of your guests will join Conservancy Education Director Tara Fuad as she guides this tour and illuminates how this transitional zone provides habitat for a broad range of plants and animals. Come away with a greater appreciation of why it's important to protect wetland ecosystems. We will conclude with "taste of the trails" refreshments. This is nature's happy hour; an evening aglow with discovery.

How to Enter for the Grand Prize:

  • Your Instagram handle will be entered to win every day that you post a photo with #30x30naturechallenge and #getoutsidesandiego
  • Bring friends and family and your name will be entered to win for each person that joins you and your tag in your daily post.
  • Participants that complete the 30x30 Nature Challenge and post each day with #30x30naturechallenge and #getoutsidesandliego will be entered to win an additional 30 times.

Take the challenge! The more you participate the more chances you have to win!

Daily Tips! 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.

CHOOSE A LOCATION

 

 

 


Personal Rewards for Participation in 30x30 Nature Challenge: 
 
  • Spending time outdoors can boost your creativity and focus while improving your mood and self-esteem.
  • Exercising outdoors can lead to greater exertion and lower levels of stress than exercising indoors.
  • Spending more time outside can help you optimize your vitamin D level and promote wellness and healing.