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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......

The Parks Accessibility Conference runs virtually from August 23-25, 2022 and is free to attend! Led by Engineering Health at the KITE (Knowledge Innovation Talent Everywhere) Research Institute, the conference will bring together those with a desire to improve accessibility at national parks in Canada. Conference themes surround three main questions: What does National Park......

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......

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......

A New Research Chair in Outdoor Education (Chaire de recherche sur l’éducation en plein air (CREPA)) has been created at Sherbrooke University, Quebec! Professor Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet, the Research Chair for this program, will receive $625,000 in financial support over five years from the Ministry of Education in Quebec for his work exploring outdoor teaching practices......

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......

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......

Thank you to Julietta Sorensen Kass, Text-a-Tree Project Lead, Dr. Peter Duinker, Professor Emeritus Faculty of Management Dalhousie University, and Mike Smit, Associate Dean at the School of Information Management Dalhousie University, for providing this post. Connecting with nature can help our physical, mental, emotional, and social health. This may have you conjuring up images......

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Kids with regular access to unstructured, child-directed outdoor play form a lasting, positive relationship with nature.