Penn’s Month-Long Outdoors Program: 30x30 Challenge

You know spring is here when it’s time for Penn’s 30x30 Challenge. The 30x30 Challenge is an effort to encourage the Penn community to get outside, learn about local ecology and appreciate the beauty of nature. Join Penn’s 30x30 Challenge and challenge yourself to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in nature each day for all 30 days of April. The Challenge runs from April 1-30.

Did you know that, according to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors? Over the last decade, researchers have been documenting what many of us know intuitively—that nature is good for our health and well-being. Regularly immersing yourself in a natural setting—like a park, forest, or field—can reduce stress while boosting immunity, energy levels, and creativity.

To earn 20 Bonus Action Points for HR’s Be in the Know campaign, follow these steps:

  • Register for the challenge at by April 2. It is open to all Penn students, staff and faculty.
  • Attend at least one of the qualifying events listed below.
  • At the end of April, sign a pledge that you completed the challenge.


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30x30 2019 Penn Sustainability Activities

April 2Kick-Off Picnicnoon-1 p.m., College Green by Peace statue
April 5HR Wellness Walk, register: p.m., College Green by Ben Franklin statue
April 8Schuylkill River Walk, register: p.m., Meet in front of Singh Center for Nanotechnology, 3205 Walnut St.
April 11Tour of Penn Park Orchard, register: p.m., College Green by Peace statue
April 16Campus Ecology Tour, register: p.m., Shoemaker Green in front of Palestra
April 19Yoga on Shoemaker Greennoon-1 p.m., Shoemaker Green
April 22

Earth Day: 60-Second Lecture “Pedagogy of the Climate Changed: Teaching and Learning with Water," Bethany Wiggin, associate professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Founding Director of Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH)

College Green, Ben Franklin statue
April 22Earth Day: Cigarette Butt Cleanup Walk12:30-1 p.m., Meet at the southwest corner of 34th and Walnut Sts.
April 26Greenfest2-5 p.m., College Green
April 30Nature Sketch Event, register: p.m., Biopond by Goddard Labs