COVID-19

Thank you for Dr. Richard Larouche, Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Lethbridge,  for providing this post. Outdoor Play Canada was founded shortly after the release of the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play, which stated that "Access to active play in nature and outdoors-with its risks-is essential for healthy child development. We...

Thank you to Dr. Louise de Lannoy, Research Manager at Outdoor Play Canada, for providing this guest post.  The 2015 Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play highlighted the unequivocal benefits of outdoor play for children’s physical, mental, emotional, social and environmental health, well-being and development. The Position Statement invigorated the outdoor play sector, bringing together many...

Thank you to ParticipACTION for providing this post. The 2022 ParticipACTION Children and Youth Report Card has arrived! The 15th edition of the Report Card contains grades based on data collected during the pandemic to better assess its impact on kids’ movement behaviours. The pandemic drove a sudden and drastic shift in how kids could access physical...

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...

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...

A New Research Chair in Outdoor Education (Chaire de recherche sur l’éducation en plein air (CREPA)) has been created at Sherbrooke University, Quebec! Professor Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet, the Research Chair for this program, will receive $625,000 in financial support over five years from the Ministry of Education in Quebec for his work exploring outdoor teaching practices...

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...

Thank you to Dr. Tanya Halsall (University of Ottawa) and Dr. Louise de Lannoy (Outdoor Play Canada) for providing this post. This article was originally published in The Conversation. An important incidental change that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic has been our collective rediscovery of the outdoors. As we begin building back better, we have an opportunity...

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...

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....