Events Calendar

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, meetings and conferences listed here are likely to be postponed.

 

MARCH

6 FRIDAY
Champions for Outdoor Play and Learning
Explore how storytelling and games can connect children to nature.
8:30am-3pm
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
https://www.evergreen.ca/our-projects/professional-development-for-educators/#champions

8 SUNDAY
International Women’s Day
Celebrating women’s achievement and raising awareness against bias.
https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme

21 SATURDAY
International Day of Forests
A day to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests
https://www.un.org/en/events/forestsday/

APRIL

22 WEDNESDAY
Earth Day Canada
An environmental movement to help people and organizations reduce their environmental impact.
https://earthday.ca/

25 SATURDAY
Nature Play Spaces and Loose Parts
Explore child-friendly, creative, and cost-effective approaches to setting up an outdoor Nature Play Space.
10am-3pm
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
https://www.evergreen.ca/our-projects/professional-development-for-educators/#loose-parts

MAY

7 TUESDAY – 8 WEDNESDAY
Inside Out Summit and Conference*
A forum to come together to share ideas and approaches to connecting children to nature.
8:30am Tuesday – 4:00pm Wednesday
Atlanta, Georgia
https://www.insideoutsummit.org
*OPC members receive a discount off registration!

15 FRIDAY
Champions for Outdoor Play and Learning
Explore how storytelling and games can connect children to nature.
8:30am-3pm
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
https://www.evergreen.ca/our-projects/professional-development-for-educators/#champions

21 THURSDAY
Outdoor Classroom Day
A global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play
https://outdoorclassroomday.com

27 WEDNESDAY – JUNE 30 TUESDAY
Bike Month
https://www.bikemonth.ca/news

29 FRIDAY
Indigenous Foodways, Urban Agriculture and The Power of Local Partnerships
A hands-on workshop to explore Indigenous foodways
8:30am-3pm
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
https://www.evergreen.ca/our-projects/professional-development-for-educators/#champions

JUNE

National Indigenous History Month
A month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1466616436543/1534874922512

5 FRIDAY
World Environment Day
The United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment
https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

6 SATURDAY
International Trails Day
An annual celebration of trails, trail development, and the healthy lifestyle they encourage
https://canadiantrails.org/international-trails-day/

National Health and Fitness Day
An initiative to challenge Canada to become the Fittest Nation on Earth
https://www.nhfdcan.ca

12 FRIDAY
Adventurous Play for Healthy Child Development
Learn how to use tools with children and how you can incorporate risk benefit assessment into daily routines.
8:30am-3pm
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON
https://www.evergreen.ca/our-projects/professional-development-for-educators/#champions

17 WEDNESDAY – 19 FRIDAY
Opal School Summer Symposium*
A three day retreat for educators focused on synthesis, dialogue, materials and exploration, and reflection
Portland, Oregon
https://learning.opalschool.org/courses/opal-school-summer-symposium-2020
*OPC members receive a discount off registration!

21 SUNDAY
National Indigenous Peoples Day
A day to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis
https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533

27 SATURDAY
Canadian Multiculturalism Day
A day to discover the various cultures that bring Canadian society to life
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/multiculturalism-day.html

JULY

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

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/

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

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/

29 TUESDAY- 02 FRIDAY
Canadian Outdoor Summit
A national gathering aimed at celebrating our contribution to Canadian society and solving key challenges faced by outdoor programs
http://canadianoutdoorsummit.com/

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

International Walk to School Month
An annual mass celebration of active transportation taking place around the world
https://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/international-walk-to-school-month/

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

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/

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/

Canadian Parks Conference
(date TBD)
A conference to share best practices, know-how, and innovative initiatives in the area of connecting to nature, conservation, and social commitment
http://canadianparksconference.ca/en

NOVEMBER

4 WEDNESDAY – 7 SATURDAY
IPA Triennial World Conference
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/

Future Cities Canada Summit
(date TBD)
A two-day event to translate the work being done at the community level to build more inclusive, more sustainable cities
https://futurecitiescanada.ca/events/summit/

Quest Conference
(Date TBD)
An annual conference focused on learning together to improve student achievement and well-being
http://www.questconference.ca/#

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.
https://www.trails.ca

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.
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/

SEPTEMBER – JUNE
Nature School
A 13-week seasonal immersive outdoor play and learning program for children ages 5-12
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
https://www.evergreen.ca/evergreen-brick-works/children-youth/homeschool-program/

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
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