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Researchers at Carleton University are looking for volunteers for an outdoor learning study. Participants will be compensated with a gift card of their choice from President’s Choice, Walmart or Indigo. The study will take place online.  This project aims to examine the experiences of teachers, staff and students who are teaching and learning outdoors to explore...

The Government of Canada recently announced their decision to invest $55 million in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) over the next 5 years. As outlined by the TCT team, this funding will support a number of ambitious initiatives that aim to: 'continue to improve the Trail’s accessibility, enhance opportunities to invest in the next generation of...

Thank you to Ulises Charles Rodriguez, Ph.D. candidate in Population Studies in Health and Dr. Richard Larouche, Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Lethbridge for providing this post. Climate change, conflict, and war are increasing the number of people who are migrating from their countries of origin. International migration has increased dramatically in...

On March 24th from 12-1pm ET, OPC will be hosting our next online gathering. The theme for this gathering is based on the State of the Sector Report priority: 'Leveraging the Outdoors During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic'. The gathering will feature Joe Doiron, who will discuss the ReImagine RREC (Renew, Retool, Engage, Contribute) initiative, on...

#imaginED is thrilled to be hosting another 30-day Walking Curriculum challenge! Starting Earth Day, April 22, 2022, educators around the globe (Pre-K through high school) will be taking imagination + learning outside for part of the day—rain or shine—for 30 days. This year, they are on a mission to reach 1111 Walking Curriculum Challenge sign-ups, with the goal...

Opportunity to name the new building in the forest Andrew Fleck Children's Services (AFCS), in partnership with Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group and Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, are building a licensed child care program in the forest, and it’s time to decide what to call this new, wonderful location! They are seeking...

Thank you to Janet Omstead, play and wellness expert, author, and coach, for providing this post.  Nothing fills me with more joy than spreading the word on how play is a cornerstone of health, wellness and quality of life as we age.  Recently I spoke with Education Talk Radio host Larry Jacobs on his show about why...

While many outdoor activities can be done without equipment, there are some that require some expensive technical gear, which can quickly become expensive. Renting equipment is a great option to try a new sport at a more affordable price. There are many places that rent gear for a fee, but we’ve compiled a list of...

Physicians in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario can now prescribe a Parks Canada Discovery Pass to their patients for the purposes of promoting physical and mental health. A new collaboration between PaRx, an initiative driven by health care professionals that promotes routine access to nature for health benefit, and Parks Canada has led to this...

Thank you to Jan Ellinger, PhD Candidate at Technical University of Munich, Germany, Dr. Christoph Mall, Researcher at Technical University of Munich, Germany, and Dr. Mads Bølling, Researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Denmark, for providing this post.  A major silver lining of the global pandemic has been the broad reengagement with the outdoors, including at...