Connecting Actively to Nature

Connecting Actively to Nature is a new project in partnership with the County Sports Partnership, Active Devon. The project aim is to increase physical activity levels of individuals over 55 years old that do little or no physical activity.

Feeling connected to nature is good for you. Being physically active is very good for you. Being Naturally Active is EVEN better.

The​ ​'Connecting​ ​Actively​ ​to​ ​Nature​ ​(CAN)'​ ​programme​ ​will​ ​help​ ​​people​ ​to discover​ ​the​ ​combined​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​a​ ​more​ ​active​ ​lifestyle​ ​with​ ​the​ ​psychological​ ​benefits​ ​that​ ​being​ ​outdoors in​ ​nature​ ​brings.
With local partners and organisations, groups and individuals we help to establish new opportunities or develop existing provision, so that more people can choose activity as part of their everyday lifestyle.

We have many existing and new opportunities for you to see the benefits of getting active in Nature.  Our activity groups are designed to suit the ability of someone taking their first footsteps into activity and leading a healthier lifestyle. The groups are very sociable offering opportunities to meet other people like you in your community.


If you are a keen, passionate, friendly person and you enjoy helping to get others in your community healthy and active, then becoming an 'active in nature' volunteer might be for you?!

We know that volunteers are hugely important to help others in your communities have the confidence and motivation to get out and about and join local active groups. Our partners are looking for inspirational Volunteer's across Devon to help promote, share and encourage others to be active in Devon's great outdoors. You as a CAN Volunteer will connect to, inspire and support people to take their first steps into activity. As well as this important role you will work with us to help shape the campaign, including input on messaging, content and delivery.

Get in touch with us at can@activedevon.org to find out more and be part of our community.

Please take a look at the current activities we have available below, check back regularly as more and more activities are organised and delivered.

CAN Volunteer


CAN SAGEC.A.N - Move it or lose itConnecting Actively to Nature Skern LodgeConnecting Actively to Nature - N.Devon Surf School