Q. Why should I spend time in nature?

Recent science shows what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for our health and well-being. Time spent outside in a natural setting, like a park, wetland or forest, can reduce blood pressure, anxiety and stress. Outdoor exercise also boosts immunity, energy and concentration, and reduces anger, depression and obesity. For more info, check out this cool infographic.

Q. Where can I find nature nearby?

Nature isn't a destination; it surrounds us. You don't have to travel to a remote wilderness. Even in our crowded cities, green space is as close as your neighbourhood park or backyard. Community gardens, trails, ravines and beaches are often a short diversion from your daily routine. The birds and bees (and other critters) are usually nearby; you just have to take time to look and listen.

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Q. How can I incorporate nature into my daily life?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Sign up for our Fall Family Challenge at getbackoutside.ca to receive a fun outdoor activity each week, complete with step-by-step instructions!
  • Use your lunch break to get out of the office and visit a balcony garden, beach or green space.
  • Grab you gloves and spend time in a community or personal garden.
  • Find a leafy tree to read a book under (we recommend Your Brain on Nature by Eva M. Selhub and Alan C. Logan).
  • Sit back and listen to the birds (binoculars optional).
  • Find some local trails and go for a walk, run or bike ride.
  • Get a local tree, plant or wildlife guidebook and identify nature in your neighbourhood.
  • Take a stroll each evening on a park trail or beach.
  • Ditch the indoor gym and go for a run or walk at a park or beach instead.

Q. What if the weather doesn't cooperate?

There's much to experience outdoors in autumn, rain or shine: trees turning glorious colours, migrating birds, mammals storing up for hibernation. Dress appropriately and carry an umbrella. If you can't get outside, turn off all your electronics (TV, radio, computer), open a window and feel the breeze or listen to the rain; it's a calming way to connect with nature.