CAN Connecting Actively to Nature

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​ ​in​ ​Devon​ ​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.

Did you know … that the most popular activity for people to be active in nature is walking!


We have many existing and new opportunities for you to see the benefits of getting active in Nature.

There is a much evidence around the health and wellbeing benefits of connecting with nature, and spending time outdoors For example, in Defra’s ‘Evidence Statement on the links between natural environments and human health’ from March 2017 they found Strong evidence linking improved Mental health and wellbeing and the Development and maintenance of a healthy immune system and reduction of inflammatory-based diseases to use of green spaces and exposure to the natural world.

You’ll find the DEFRA report and lots more on Natural Devon’s website on the Naturally Healthy pages.

With the rise of social prescribing referrals being adopted by many GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. CAN projects are a key to supporting those with social, emotional or practical needs, and social isolation, improving mental health and physical well-being.

Our activity groups are designed to suit the ability of someone taking their first footsteps into activity and leading a healthier lifestyle. Our groups across the County are very sociable and a chance to meet other people like you in your community.

Are you interested in joining one of our local activities?

Visit the Active Devon Activity Finder on our website, however for now please email for any information on your local CAN groups.

Find out about training opportunities and what exciting openings there are for CAN Ambassadors

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!


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 ambassadors 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. As a CAN Ambassador, you 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 to find out more and be part of our community.

If you deliver an activity that you think could be part of this great project, or you have an idea to start and develop a project then please email us at

This project was developed with the Devon Local Nature Partnership’s Naturally Healthy Forum partners. 

To find out more about wider Naturally Healthy work in Devon and other LNP work see