Practice

Thank you to Beverlie Dietze, Play Outdoors Magazine, for providing this post. In partnership with some of Canada’s outdoor play educators, Play Outdoors magazine is offering a multitude of workshop topics to educate, inspire, and bring new ideas to educator's early learning and childcare practice. The 2021 Fall workshops include: Exploring the Benefits of Taking Learning Outdoors  Presenter: Dr....

The Great Canadian Hike starts today, September 15, and runs until October 31. Trans Canada Trail is challenging Canadians to reduce their screen time and increase their Trail time! Register for free for a chance to win weekly prizes.   Learn more and register here....

The Breath of Fresh Air Outdoor Play Summit is a two-day Outdoor Play Canada-led Summit where thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers can connect and share best practices. This innovative national forum on outdoor play historically took place in an open air environment. This year the Summit will be held virtually and will be streamed from the Ottawa Forest...

Thank you to Dr. Renee Umstattd Meyer (Baylor University) and Dr. J. Aaron Hipp (North Carolina State University) for providing this post. This article was originally published in The Conversation. Outdoor play is critical for child development – it decreases stress, increases communication and social skills, attention and physical activity, and enhances physical development. During COVID-19, opportunities for children...

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...

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...