Outdoor Play Environments

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...

Thank you to Laura Molyneux, Cloudberry Forest School, Newfoundland and Labrador, for providing this post. A colleague and I are writing a book together. We’re calling it “Things You Didn’t Think You’d Do As An ECE”. Today’s entry was about what to do when you find a dead blue jay. Last week we wrote a risk...

Thank you to Sylvie Melsbach, partnerships and outdoor play lead at the Regroupement des centres de la petite enfance de la Monteregie, for providing this post. The "Poupons et trottineurs ouverts vers le monde extérieur : Creating Optimal Outdoor Spaces for Infants and Toddlers in Early Learning and Child Care" project is based on the premise that...

Thank you to Kate Smith, Communications Coordinator, Hannah Mawhinney, Research Assistant, and Mike Arthur, Municipal Policy Project Consultant at the UpLift Partnership, for providing this post. The UpLift Partnership is a School-Community-University partnership supporting the health and learning of school-aged children and youth using a youth-engaged Health Promoting Schools (HPS) approach. The UpLift team is hosted...

Outdoor Play Canada is proud to be among over 40 organizational signatories of the Healthy Environments for Learning Day Vision Statement for Healthy and Sustainable Child Care Environments, led by the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment and the Canadian Child Care Federation. This vision statement outlines ten core elements of healthy and sustainable...

The following is a blurb from the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge Promotional Toolkit ParticipACTION's Community Better Challenge is a national physical activity initiative that encourages Canadians to get active in search of Canada’s Most Active Community. From June 1 – 30, 2022 we are asking Canadians to get active and track their physical activity minutes in...

Thank you to Julietta Sorensen Kass, Text-a-Tree Project Lead, Dr. Peter Duinker, Professor Emeritus Faculty of Management Dalhousie University, and Mike Smit, Associate Dean at the School of Information Management Dalhousie University, for providing this post. Connecting with nature can help our physical, mental, emotional, and social health. This may have you conjuring up images of...

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...