Events Calendar

Though we update this calendar often, please refer to the home sites of each event for the most up-to-date information on date changes and cancellations.

JULY

1 WEDNESDAY
Canada Day
A day to celebrate Canada’s birthday
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html

2 THURSDAY
Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership Webinar: Canada’s Parks Day: Past, present, and future.
https://cpcil.ca/webinars

15 WEDNESDAY
World Youth Skills Day
A day to shed light on the mechanisms needed to operationalize lifelong learning
https://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/

Play Symposium
Online Symposium Hosted by Play Bradford
https://borninbradford.nhs.uk/what-we-do/community/join-us-move-play/

16 THURSDAY
Green Infrastructure Webinar
6pm EST
https://www.ecologyottawa.org/webinar_green_infrastructure_1

17 FRIDAY
Healthy Parks Healthy People Day
Free day-use in all Ontario Provincial Parks
https://www.ontarioparks.com/hphp

18 SATURDAY
Canada’s Parks Day
An annual event to participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country
http://www.parks-parcs.ca/english/cpc/parksday.php

AUGUST

6 THURSDAY
Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership Webinar: Building Inclusive Park Agencies.
https://cpcil.ca/webinars

9 SUNDAY
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
A day to raise awareness of the needs of Indigenous Peoples
https://www.un.org/en/events/indigenousday/

12 WEDNESDAY
International Youth Day
An annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change
https://www.un.org/en/events/youthday/

SEPTEMBER

15 TUESDAY
International Coastal Clean-Up Day
A day for communities to rally together to collect and document the trash littering the coastlines
https://www.shorelinecleanup.ca

19 SATURDAY
National Tree Day
A day celebrating planting and nurturing trees and the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians.
https://treecanada.ca/tag/national-tree-day/

30 WEDNESDAY
Orange Shirt Day
A day to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation
http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

OCTOBER

1 THURSDAY
National Seniors Day
A day to celebrate older adults across Canada.
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/national-seniors-day.html

3 SATURDAY – 4 SUNDAY
Forest and Nature School Practitioners Course
Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, Ottawa, ON
https://childandnatureallianceofcanada.formstack.com/forms/application_form_edmonton_2019_copy

5 MONDAY
World Habitat Day
A day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter
https://www.un.org/en/events/habitatday/

7 WEDNESDAY
International Walk to School Day
A global event that involves more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day
http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/learn-more/about-the-events/about-walk-to-school-day/

11 SUNDAY
International Day of the Girl
A day to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights
https://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

14 WEDNESDAY
World Environment Education Day
A day to affect perception of the human relationship with the environment
https://weecnetwork.org/world-environmental-education-day/

15 THURSDAY – 17 SATURDAY
Future Cities Canada Summit
An annual gathering of change makers at all levels to learn about and showcase exemplary community-led solutions.
Note: The Summit organizers are continually monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and will adjust program delivery as required.
Toronto, Ontario
https://futurecitiescanada.ca/programs/future-cities-canada-summit/

23 FRIDAY
Take Me Outside Day
A day to raise the awareness about the importance of outdoor learning and students spending more time outside
https://takemeoutside.ca/tmoday/

NOVEMBER

4 WEDNESDAY – 7 SATURDAY
IPA Triennial World Conference – postponed to 2021
A triannual conference that brings together delegates from countries around the world to celebrate play, understand its many benefits, exchange ideas, and inspire action to provide all children with the chance to engage in rich, meaningful, free play.
Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
http://ipaworld.org/conferences/2020-21th-triennial-ipa-conference-in-jaipur-india/

11 WEDNESDAY
Remembrance Day
A day to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/information-for/educators/quick-facts/remembrance-day

14 SATURDAY
World Diabetes Day
An awareness campaign to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keep diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight
http://www.worlddiabetesday.org

17 TUESDAY
National Take A Hike Day
A day to promote getting out there and hitting the trails

20 FRIDAY
National Child Day
A day to recognize Canada’s commitment to upholding the rights of children
https://www.nationalchildday.ca

Universal Children’s Day
A day to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. In 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on this day.
https://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/

DECEMBER

1 TUESDAY
Giving Tuesday
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a movement dedicated to giving back.
https://givingtuesday.ca/

 

MULTI-MONTH INITIATIVES

 

JANUARY – DECEMBER
Free Forest School
An initiative to ignite children’s innate capacity to learn through unstructured play in nature.
Nova Scotia: Colchester County, Halifax
Ontario: Clarington, Middlesex, Ottawa
Alberta: Bow Valley, Edmonton, Foothills County, Wood Buffalo
https://www.freeforestschool.org/free-forest-school-find/

 

JANUARY – DECEMBER
Trails Youth Initiative
An outdoor programme for youth to build confidence through skill development, high school credits, bursaries, and mentorship.

Note: Trails is offering essential support to their youth and families during this time in a number of ways. See further details on their website.

https://www.trails.ca/covid19

 

FEBRUARY – NOVEMBER
Forest and Nature School Practitioners Course
5-day intensive in-person course that prioritizes the best interest of the child and those who support them, as well the Forest and Nature School movement at large in order to connect children to nature.

Note: CNAC has instituted a COVID-19 Response Plan
Newfoundland: Corner Brook
Nova Scotia: Wentzells Lake
Quebec: Montreal
Ontario: Cambridge, Ottawa, Kirkland Lake, St. Joseph Island, Oro-Medonte
Alberta: Calgary
British Columbia: Fernie
http://childnature.ca/forest-school-canada/

 

OCTOBER – DECEMBER
Ottawa Forest and Nature School
A 4-week program focused on play, exploration, and connection to each other and the land.
Russell Boyd Park, Balena Park, Ottawa

Note: Andrew Fleck Children Services (AFCS) is currently providing emergency child care services; all other programs are closed. Please contact AFCS directly for updates on programs including OFNS.
https://www.afchildrensservices.ca/support-and-services/ottawa-forest-and-nature-school/program-availability-and-daily-rates/

Childhood by Nature Nature-Based Educator Trainings
A list of workshops, courses, and programs to learn the basics of nature-based education
https://childhoodbynature.com/nature-based-educator-trainings/

Children and Nature Network Webinar Series
Education on how to create, develop, and launch a number of programs designed to encourage children, families, and communities to connect with nature.
https://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/training/

North American Association for Environmental Education Online Workshops
An online community to connect environmental education professionals around the world.
https://naaee.org/eepro/learning/workshops-training