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UNICEF recently released a discussion paper, entitled: 'The Necessity of Urban Green Space for Children's Optimal Development', in which the authors state that all urban children should live within walking distance of a safe and welcoming public green space. The paper begins with a definition of green space, how promoting access to green spaces for children is...

Thank you to David McFall, Principal of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School, Gatineau, Quebec, for providing this post. JULY 4 2021 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (PETES) is a part of the Western Quebec School Board in Gatineau, Quebec. The school has a population of 550 students, is located in downtown Gatineau (Hull), and...

The TD Summer Reading Club has announced StoryWalk®, an exciting new outdoor reading activity. StoryWalk® will be offered at over 550 libraries across Canada this summer. The StoryWalk® is comprised of 17 outdoor panels featuring text and illustrations from the short children's story, The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires. Visitors are invited to read the...

In 2020 the Lawson Foundation published a report and position on increasing outdoor play in early learning child care environments in the context of COVID-19. With input from OPC Leadership Group member Frank Welsh, the Lawson Foundation recently revisited the guidelines and published an update through First Policy Response.   Read the updated report, 'Outdoor early learning helps kids....

Thank you to Rachel Buxton, Carleton University, for providing this post. Restoring and protecting biodiversity in urban areas offers an opportunity for an enormous number of people to connect with nature and improve their health and wellbeing. At the same time, these nature-based interventions can provide environmental benefits and push for social equity. These interventions include...

Thank you to Dr. Nicholas Ravanelli and Dr. Shawnda Morrison for providing this post Are you feeling the heat this summer? The Active Heatwave study is being conducted by Dr. Nicholas Ravanelli (PhD, CSEP-CEP) and Outdoor Play Canada member Dr. Shawnda Morrison (PhD, CSEP-CEP), to investigate how children and adults perceive ambient temperature changes throughout the summer. Why...

Today, June 21st, 2021 is National Indigenous People's Day, a national celebration of the heritage, cultures, and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. This day overlaps with the summer solstice, which is a significant day for many Indigenous cultures. It also falls within National Indigenous History Month, which this year is dedicated to...