Professional Development

Thank you to Dr. Eva Oberle, Dr. Mariana Brussoni and Megan Zeni (University of British Columbia) for providing this post. This article was originally published in The Conversation. When children step out of their traditional elementary school classroom to learn outdoors, they experience a wide range of benefits. Outdoor learning is fun, active and fosters creativity and problem solving. Outdoor...

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....

On Friday, June 18th, OPC's Dr. Louise de Lannoy presented at the 2021 Virtual Play Conference, an annual educational conference held by the US Play Coalition. This year, due to pandemic restrictions, the conference was held online from April 1st to June 30th, 2021 with weekly networking events and presentations, recorded and available for viewing...

The Outdoor Play Canada 2021 Awards will be presented at this year’s Breath of Fresh Air Summit (date and format TBD).  If you know of an individual or organization that has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the promotion of outdoor play, nominate them for an OPC award! Award categories include: 2021 OPC Honour Award Dr....

On April 29th, 2021, OPC's Research Manager, Dr. Louise de Lannoy, presented on the importance of promoting, protecting, and preserving access to outdoor play at the Alberta Recreation & Parks Association Summit Monthly Meeting. Cynthia Watson from ActiveCity Collective also gave a presentation, in which she discussed the ActiveCity Collective initiative and their holistic approach...

Dalhousie University's Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) is (virtually) hosting Cornell professor Dr. Janet Loebach for a talk on: 'Leveraging Behaviour Mapping to Capture Children's Play Behaviours and Evaluate Outdoor Playspace Design' in support of HPI's Flagship Project "Designing Supportive Environments for Chronic Disease Prevention". This presentation will take place Wednesday April 28th, 2021 from 12:00-1:00...

Dr. Sarah Moore, Dr. Michelle Guerrero, and Dr. Louise de Lannoy participated in the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) COVID-19 and Public Health Forum (virtual), with Dr. Mark Tremblay acting as Chair and Moderator of the symposium entitled: "COVID-19 Restrictions Linked with Adverse Movement Behaviours in Canadian children and youth". Dr. Moore started the symposium off...

On Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, Families Canada will host Active for Life in a new webinar highlighting findings from a recent study in childcare centres on the benefit of active play and physical literacy for helping children cope with stress, build resilience, and engage in a healthy lifestyle. This webinar is designed for practitioners. Learn more...

Investigating Nature Through the Eyes of a Child was a seasonal workshop series hosted by the Jane Norman College Family Home Childcare Agency in both Victoria Park and the Dr. Jane Norman Child Study Centre playground. This workshop series for early childhood educators encouraged them to take children in their care outside to explore, investigate...

On Friday, April 16th at 12pm EST, Outdoor Play Canada will be hosting their next townhall. At this meeting, we will discuss the equity, diversity, and inclusion process among outdoor-oriented organizations. We aim to have an open conversation about this process. We aim to listen and learn, share interesting thoughts and ideas, and gather informational stories...