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Park People released the third Canadian City Parks Report discussing the lessons learned from COVID-19. The use of parks has increased during the pandemic, but it has also brought to light the work that needs to be done in addressing inequities and discrimination, particularly around homelessness in parks and anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism. A survey...

The Greenspace and Ecohealth Toolkit 2017, produced by Ecohealth Ontario, provides resources, guidance and assistance to those interested in making lasting improvements in community health through greenspace provision, access, and design. This resource aims to support policy makers and program deliverers in increasing opportunities for Ontario residents at all life stages to live, work, play,...

ReImagine RREC – Renew, Retool, Engage and Contribute – is a multi-phase COVID-19 recovery initiative for recreation, parks and community sport leaders supported by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association. ReImagine RREC project products include summary infographics, research highlights, and the Highlights Report.   Check them out here....

The Nova Scotia Before-and-After Program is a partnership between The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) and the Department of Communities, Cultures and Heritage (CCH). The program is supportive of the Nova Scotia’s Let’s Get Moving Action Plan as wall as Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework and is guided by the following...

Jane Norman College has early childhood education students design inclusive indoor and outdoor environments that encourage children to explore, problem solve, create, construct, relax and become socially competent. The goal is to have children attending childcare have great places to grow and learn.   Learn more about Jane Norman College programs here....

SickKids, NCFST and researchers from FIFSW have released a Call to Action - as Ontario begins to rebuild and recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, immediate action needs to be taken to prioritize children's optimal health and development. Ontario cannot afford to ignore the increasing consequences of pandemic restrictions on the health and...

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library offers Story Walks and Story Time in the Park as special programming, particularly in the warmer months, to facilitate family gatherings and physical activity, while encouraging early literacy skills in the beautiful outdoors.   View their full calendar of upcoming events here....

The Association of Early Child Educators Nova Scotia hosts an annual conference, and the 2018 theme was centred around outdoor programming in early learning and child care and exploring risk in outdoor play. The goal of which was to focus on all aspects of outdoor programming and present a then current research project related to...

Hike Nova Scotia's Re-Connecting with Nature Workshops are one-day, hands-on workshops that are held mostly outdoors. These workshops aim to increase and strengthen the number of adult leaders in Nova Scotia who can help children and youth spend more time appreciating, understanding, and acting for the natural world while being physically active. Workshops are available...

Hike Nova Scotia provides backpacks for loan that are full of props and tools to help adults run fun nature activities and promote a connection to nature for kids ranging in age from 5-12 years. The kits include a manual for how to run various activities with adaptations for the younger years.   Kits are available for...