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Thank you to Chloe Dragon Smith and Robert Grandjambe for providing this post. This article was originally published in briarpatch Magazine. Standing on the shores of Pine Lake, the wind ruffles my hair, rippling the surface of the water with the same gentle tendrils that envelop my body. We are one, the lake and I. We always...

July 29, 2021 A new report from the Lawson Foundation and Outdoor Play Canada, 'Funding for Outdoor Play in Canada' - released today - identifies funding trends as well as current and potential funders of outdoor play. Based on an environmental scan, a grant seeker survey, and interviews with funders, this report outlines the drivers of...

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....

On July 12, 2021, ParticipACTION is celebrating 50 years of inspiring and supporting Canadians to get active! As part of the celebration, ParticipACTION invited Canadians to take a trip down memory lane and remember some of their most iconic commercials (BodyBreak anyone?). Check out these commercials and more on the ParticipACTION website....

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...