Professional Development

Take Me Outside Day is back for its 13th year, helping raise awareness and advocating for outdoor learning by helping educators and learners feel inspired to head outside and learn beyond the four walls of a classroom!  From Oct 16th - 20th, thousands of educators and learners will come together to participate in a week of...

In the last ten years, we have seen a groundswell in outdoor and nature-based preschools and an abundance of outdoor play-based learning programs situated on or near school grounds across North America. The possibilities for play are endless, yet the challenges many educators face are equal in measure. It is important to think through our...

The Outdoor Learning Store is partnering with over 70 other non-profit partners to offer Free Fall Outdoor Learning Virtual Workshops! Sign-up to join some/all of these 60-min sessions: Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors Wild Learning: Practical Ideas to Bring Teaching Outdoors Outdoor Learning through Patterns in Nature Connecting Children...

The Outdoor Play Canada 2023 Awards will be presented at this year’s Breath of Fresh Air Outdoor Play Summit!  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: 2023 OPC Honour Award Dr. Mariana Brussoni...

This post was originally published by the Outdoor Learning Store. August 9th is the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. The 2023 International Day of Indigenous Peoples, under the title of “Indigenous youth as agents of change for self-determination”, revindicates the role that indigenous youth must occupy in decision-making while recognizing their dedicated efforts in climate action, the search...

The Association Québécoise des CPE (AQCPE) is proud to present “Projet Alex – Nature-based early childhood education” framework, now available in English. This is a very practical book, intended for professionals who work with toddlers! The eight principles that make up this pedagogical approach are extensively described to facilitate its implementation. Exercises, tools, and tips...

The Canadian Centre for Outdoor Play collaborative invites those interested in outdoor early childhood education to come join our community of practice! Our community of practice is geared towards early childhood educators across Canada that are interested in and/or already in support of regularly bringing children outdoors.   The overarching ethos is to promote collaboration, avoid duplication...

Early bird registration is now open for the upcoming 4 Seasons of Indigenous Learning, hosted by the Outdoor Learning Store! This initiative encourages and empowers educators to deepen their understanding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives while strengthening connections with the local land.  The Outdoor Learning Store team have confirmed an incredible line-up of Indigenous presenters and learning...

On May 16th, 2023, Outdoor Play Canada will be hosting a Risky Outdoor Play webinar, featuring speakers from Canada, the US, and Norway! This 90min webinar will begin with a summary of research from each of our speakers, followed by what's sure to be a lively discussion! Join us! Register here.   ...

POSITION: PhD Studentship Opportunity (through Carleton University)  PERIOD: September 2023 (for 3 years)   SALARY: $25,000 annually + $2500 Professional Development Allowance – for three years  REPORTS TO: Dr. Mark Tremblay, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, CHEO Research Institute; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa; Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University    Dr. Mark Tremblay,...