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Thank you to Jade Harvey-Berrill, Outreach and Events Manager for CBEEN & The Outdoor Learning Store, for providing this post. This post was originally published on the North American Association for Environmental Education website. Over a decade ago now, inspired by their local towering mountains, boundless lakes and streams, and dense forests, educators from across the...

Save the Date! The Breath of Fresh Air Summit 2023 will run from September 27-29, 2023 at the Ottawa Forest and Nature School and Wesley Clover Parks Campground in Ottawa ON! This two-day Outdoor Play Summit will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to connect and share best outdoor play practices. The theme for...

Motivate Canada has joined ParticipACTION's mission in naming Canada’s Most Active Community with their Community Better Challenge! They are hosting a virtual Walk/Run/Cycle/Wheel Event called "Power UP!", in which registrants across Canada are invited to log their physical activity minutes from June 15-30, 2022 through the ParticipACTION app on behalf of Motivate Canada. The collective goal is to...

The Parks Accessibility Conference runs virtually from August 23-25, 2022 and is free to attend! Led by Engineering Health at the KITE (Knowledge Innovation Talent Everywhere) Research Institute, the conference will bring together those with a desire to improve accessibility at national parks in Canada. Conference themes surround three main questions: What does National Park accessibility...

The 2022 ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is here with local activities happening across the country in June to help get Canadians active together for mental and physical health benefit! From June 1-30, 2022, ParticipACTION invites you to track your physical activity minutes on the ParticipACTION app to help your municipality be named Canada's Most Active Community...

The Race With Me! Challenge, co-created by Canadian track star Andre De Grasse and 15-year-old Jesse Briscoe encourages students across Canada to get active. They are inviting students, either individually or as a group with their family or class, to complete challenges that range from completing a 200m sprint to spending 30 minutes in nature...

This year, Bike to School Week rolls in on Monday May 30 until Friday June 3, 2022! This Green Communities Canada initiative includes a number of resources and skill-building tips to help schools organize bike-friendly events for students. Learn more and register for Bike to School Week on the Green Communities Canada website....

May 24th, 2022 1-2:15pm ET The 17th UNICEF Report Card on Child and Youth Well-being will be launched with a focus this year on children's environment. For the past two decades the UNICEF Report Cards have examined the state of children and youth's wellbeing across high-income countries providing comparisons and rankings for each country based...

Join Okanagan College on May 16th, in collaboration with Bow Valley College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and New Brunswick Community College, and colleagues at the YMCA and University of Fraser Valley, for a virtual conference called Outdoor Pedagogy: Change makers from diverse perspectives. The full day virtual conference features keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Isbell, acclaimed ECE author of...

Thank you to Sherry Wu, Library Coordinator at the Ottawa Outdoor Gear Library, for providing this post.  The famed Rideau Canal, the largest outdoor skating rink in the world, is found in the centre of Ottawa, not too far from various other winter trails and urban parks. A 10 minute drive from the downtown core is...