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Nature Companion is a free app and website produced by EcoFriendly Sask that provides interesting and easy-to-understand information about >300 plants, trees, birds, animals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians found in Canada's four western provinces.   Each short description includes colourful photographs and a Did you know? section with fun facts about each species. The tool is available on...

The Advancing Early Childhood Education Outdoors Now Roundtable, led by Dr Mariana Brussoni, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, explores the health and educational benefits of being outside, successful international models of early childhood education outdoors, and paths for advancing licensing outdoor early childhood education in British Columbia.   This 3-part roundtable series will explore...

On June 13, 2020, the Education Hub, based out of New Zealand, hosted an early childhood education (ECE) webinar entitled 'The importance of outdoor play and how to design outdoor spaces in ECE' featuring OPC Leadership Group Member Dr. Mariana Brussoni.  This webinar covered the latest research on outdoor play, risky play, and play in...

Wild About Vancouver (WAV) is developing a series of outdoor lessons and blogs to help support Canadians in getting active while at home. WAV is normally the home site for the WAV Outdoor Education Festival, a free public outdoor education festival offering practical ways to get children and adults outdoors more regularly. Given these uncertain...

Seven Cs is an informational guide for early childhood educators, designers, administrators, and parents. The goal of Seven Cs is to help people design outdoor play spaces that support the development of young children and integrate the unique qualities of playing outdoors. The guide should be used in concert with existing codes, safety regulations, and...

As a “How-To Guidebook,” the Outdoor PLAYbook offers a selection of leading research and best practices for school grounds in the following areas: landscape architecture, sustainable design, economic and phasing strategies, child development, injury prevention, and outdoor educational opportunities.   The Outdoor PLAYbook was funded by the Vancouver School Board and won an award in 2017 from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The Outdoor PLAYbook is available at www.outdoorplaybook.ca....

Outsideplay.ca is an online tool to help parents and caregivers confidently allow their kids to engage in more outdoor play. It is a collaborative initiative between University of British Columbia(UBC), BC Children's Hospital, and the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit to support parents and practitioners in finding a more balanced approach towards risky play,...