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Thank you to Carrie Millar, Dr. Jennifer Leo and Dr. Kelly Arbour Nicitopoulos for providing this post. Launched in 2019, Promoting Inclusive Play in Alberta (PiPA) is a collaborative initiative between The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement at the University of Alberta and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. The aim of the initiative is to...

You are invited to complete an anonymous survey on the major priorities and actions for the Canadian outdoor play sector (e.g., outdoor play oriented education, research, policy, organizations, community & youth programs) moving forward over the next five years. This survey is being done as part of a larger Outdoor Play in Canada State of the Sector Report, which will serve as an account...

Investigating Nature Through the Eyes of a Child was a seasonal workshop series hosted by the Jane Norman College Family Home Childcare Agency in both Victoria Park and the Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre playground. This workshop series for early childhood educators encouraged them to take children in their care outside to explore, investigate...

Construction of a new, multi-purpose iconic building on National Capital Commission (NCC) property is about to begin. Fences are being put up, a biologist will be onsite Monday, and the removal of trees (as few as possible) will start Tuesday. Trees destined to be cut will be turned into lumber for future use inside the...

Active Smarter Kids (ASK) is a model for curriculum delivery developed in Norway that incorporates physical activity into academic lessons in a meaningful way. ASK physically active lessons occur primarily outdoors and aim to engage all students, and encourage collaborative and cooperative learning.   The Nova Scotia ASK Project was piloted in two schools in the 2018-2019...

From 2017-2020, Evergreen together with the City of Kitchener, the Waterloo Region District School Board, and the Lyle. S. Hallman Family Foundation launched the Neighbourhood Nature Play Initiative. This Kitchener-based collaborative, community-led participatory initiative encouraged children and their families to play and learn in nature by transforming two local parks into vibrant hubs. Through this initiative,...

The Children and Nature Network hosts the annual Inside-Out International Conference and Leadership Summit; the largest gathering of nature connection advocates in the world. Conference themes focus on ensuring that children have access to the many benefits of nature and inspire new generations of environmental stewards. In 2020, their conference was held online and focused on...

In light of most summer 2020 sport leagues, camps, and outdoor activities being cancelled or put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ParticipACTION launched the Invent-a-Sport Campaign to encourage Canadians to get active locally and connect with friends, family and neighbours (while remaining physically distant) by inventing a new sport.  Participants were invited to share...