Outdoor Play Environments

Save the Date! The Breath of Fresh Air Summit 2023 will run from September 27-29, 2023 at the Ottawa Forest and Nature School and Wesley Clover Parks Campground in Ottawa ON! This two-day Outdoor Play Summit will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to connect and share best outdoor play practices. The theme for...

This year, Bike to School Week rolls in on Monday May 30 until Friday June 3, 2022! This Green Communities Canada initiative includes a number of resources and skill-building tips to help schools organize bike-friendly events for students. Learn more and register for Bike to School Week on the Green Communities Canada website....

May 24th, 2022 1-2:15pm ET The 17th UNICEF Report Card on Child and Youth Well-being will be launched with a focus this year on children's environment. For the past two decades the UNICEF Report Cards have examined the state of children and youth's wellbeing across high-income countries providing comparisons and rankings for each country based...

Join Okanagan College on May 16th, in collaboration with Bow Valley College, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and New Brunswick Community College, and colleagues at the YMCA and University of Fraser Valley, for a virtual conference called Outdoor Pedagogy: Change makers from diverse perspectives. The full day virtual conference features keynote speaker Dr. Rebecca Isbell, acclaimed ECE author of...

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...