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How early childhood education is responding to climate changeA paradigm shift in early childhood education can provide a path to deeper societal changes that are required. The shift means moving from learning that is information-driven to learning that is situated, speculative and experimental.2022Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw
Professor of Early Childhood Education, Western University
GeneralThe ConversationCanada Article
A systematic review of climate change education: giving children and young people a ‘voice’ and a ‘hand’ in redressing climate changeThe authors analyzed existing literature from 1993 to 2014 regarding climate change education for children and young people, with the aim of identifying key areas for further research. They call for the development of new forms of climate change education that directly involve youth in responding to the scientific, social, ethical, and political complexities of climate change.2019David Rousell & Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-KnowlesClimate ChangeChildren's Geographies England Article
Climate change and its impact on young children.The article provides a valuable explanation of climate change and what early childhood educators and carers can do about it.2007‪Julie M. Davis‬ Climate ChangeEvery Child JournalAustralia Article
UNICEF Canada Report Card 17: The Future is Now: The environment and children’s well-being in Canada.The environmental impacts not only affect the environmental well-being of current and future generations of children in Canada, but our actions also spread to children beyond our borders. It’s time for our environmental protection to match our environmental impact - it’s time to act, for every child.2022UNICEF CanadaChild Well-being
Climate Change
UNICEF CanadaCanada
Exploring Nature With ChildrenGetting back to nature and incorporating elements of our natural world is an emerging topic in early childhood education. Outdoor play is an essential component of children’s lives. The adults who surround them have a huge influence on how children connect to nature and express their desire to engage in active outdoor play.2021-2022The Canadian Child Care FederationOutdoor PlayThe Canadian Child Care FederationCanada
Outdoor Play StrategyLawson Foundation provides many great strategies for outdoor play. Their Outdoor Play Strategy is built on the scientific evidence base that establishes outdoor play, with its risks, as essential to healthy child development.2013 to PresentLawson FoundationOutdoor PlayLawson FoundationCanada
Lawson Foundation Outdoor Play Strategy Final Report (Philanthropic Sector)This report summarizes the findings of the third-party evaluation of the Strategy as a whole, as conducted by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), including valuable learnings and reflections to help direct the Foundation’s next steps. This report contains the findings most relevant to the philanthropic sector.2020Lawson FoundationOutdoor PlayLawson FoundationCanadaEN:
Lawson Foundation Outdoor Play Strategy Final Report (Outdoor Play Sector)This document summarizes the learnings of individual projects and the findings of the third-party evaluation of the Strategy as conducted by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). Beneficial practices and key learnings that emerged from projects are summarized for use by outdoor play champions, where applicable, in their own work.2020Lawson FoundationOutdoor PlayLawson FoundationCanadaEN:
Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care FrameworkThe Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework represents the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.2018Government of CanadaLand-based LearningGovernment of CanadaCanada document
Supporting Indigenous Children's DevelopmentThis book challenges and offers an alternative to the imposition of best practices on communities by outside specialists. It tells of an unexpected partnership initiated by an Aboriginal tribal council with the University of Victoria?s School of Child and Youth Care2006Jessica BallLand-based LearningCanada CommonsCanada
Indigenous Early Childhood Development in Canada : Current State of Knowledge and Future DirectionsThe paper aims to provide for Indigenous 3 children is critical to closing the gap a brief overview of the current state of knowledge on between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Canada.2019Regine Halseth & Margo GreenwoodLand-based LearningCanada CommonsCanada
Indigious Teaching Resource CentreLesson plans developed with an Indigenous perspective for teaching: Indigenous, land-based skills and knowledge; Indigenous languages2018 to PresentNational Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous EducationLand-based LearningFirst Nations University of Canada / University of ReginaCanada
Environment, Climate and Kids: Time to Act. The speakers explore the relationship between children’s health and the environment, and how health systems can be better prepared for natural disasters and their impact on children. They discussed the impacts of climate change on children’s health. Preparing children’s health systems for natural disasters and their impacts, and a healthy response to climate change2022Anna Gunz, Courtney Howard, Mary McCaskill and Catherine ClarkClimate ChangeChildren’s Healthcare CanadaCanada
Outdoor Play CanadaOutdoor Play Canada is a network of advocates, practitioners, researchers and organizations working together to promote, protect, and preserve access to play in nature and the outdoors for all people living in Canada.2019 to PresentOutdoor Play CanadaOutdoor PlayOutdoor Play CanadaCanada
"You Don't Wanna Teach Little Kids about Climate Change": Beliefs and Barriers to Sustainability Education in Early ChildhoodTo support a sustainable planet, preschools need to engage young children with sustainability education. In the United States, nature-based preschool programs are likely to promote environmental science and nature education, given their outdoor curricula, but very little is known about how these programs might also cultivate sustainability education. The researchers found lmost all of the teachers who participated in our study "wanted" to include sustainability education within their pedagogical approaches, and they did so by focusing on "every-day sustainability practices," but felt they could not engage in more ethically-driven sustainability practices due to curricular and parental barriers.2020Ginsburg, Julia L. & Audley, ShannonClimate ChangeInternational Journal of Early Childhood Environmental EducationUnited States Article
The Climate Crisis Is a Child Rights Crisis: Introducing the Children's Climate Risk Indexhe Children's Climate Risk Index provides the first comprehensive view of children's exposure and vulnerability to the impacts of climate change to help prioritize action for those most at risk and ultimately ensure today's children inherit a liveable planet. Utilizing high-resolution geographical data, this report provides new global evidence on how many children are currently exposed to a variety of climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses.2021UNICEFClimate ChangeUNICEFUnited States (Descriptive)
Healthy and Sustainable Child Care EnvironmentsWith our partners, affiliates and collaborators, we have created a vision statement outlining ten core elements of healthy and sustainable child care. The vision is intended as a broad framework for collective efforts towards a world-class child care system in Canada that supports optimal and equitable child health and well-being for current and future generations. 2022Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment (CPCHE) and Healthy Environments for Learning DayClimate Change
Child Well-being
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health & Environment (CPCHE) and Healthy Environments for Learning DayCanada
Informing Policy on Built Environments to Safeguard Children in Environmental Justice Communities: Case Study of Five AAP Climate AdvocatesClimate change's health effects are most strongly felt in Environmental Justice (EJ) communities which are predominantly people of color. This results in a disproportionate burden of climate change health effects on EJ communities. Climate change is a public health crisis, and more importantly to pediatricians -- it is a pediatric public health crisis. 2021Durrwachter-Erno, Katie; Huerta-Montanez, Gredia; Nguyen, Vivian; Levy, Aaron A.; Lawson, Jennifer Mah; Nguyen, Vi ThuyClimate ChangeJournal of Applied Research on ChildrenUnited States Article
Some Effects of Unstructured Outdoor Plays on a Child: A Case Study from New ZealandThe aim of this study is to determine some effects of unstructured outdoor plays on a child in New Zealand. Qualitative approach is used within a case study. The defined themes at the end of the study are observing, exploring, cognitive development, creativity and self-confidence. It is needed more experimental studies with control groups.2021Okur-Berberoglu, EmelOutdoor PlayInternational Electronic Journal of Environmental EducationNew Zealand Article
The Power of Outdoor Play and Play in Natural EnvironmentsIn this article, the authors describe some of the reasons for this decline and outline the research-supported benefits of outdoor play in general, as well as benefits of play in natural outdoor environments in particular. Suggestions for making the most of outdoor play will benefit children around the world.2016Kristen M. Kemple,JiHyun Oh,Elizabeth Kenney &Tina Smith-BonahueOutdoor PlayChildhood Education United States Article
Complex Physical Activity, Outdoor Play, and School Readiness among PreschoolersHigh quality educational settings play a crucial role in preparing a child to enter kindergarten, but little work has explored how outdoor play and complex physical activity outside school and childcare settings promote school readiness among preschoolers. Findings offer support that encouraging both outdoor play and participation in complex physical activities could promote school readiness, particularly when opportunities for outdoor playtime are limited.2018Becker, Derek R.; Grist, Cathy L.; Caudle, Lori A.; Watson, Myra K.Outdoor PlayGlobal Education Review United States Article
Advancing Outdoor Play and Early Childhood Education: A Discussion PaperThe Lawson Foundation released this discussion paper which is a synthesis of a multi-sector symposium convened in October 2018. The discussion paper shares the major themes of the Symposium and proposes concrete actions to advance outdoor play and early childhood education.2018Lawson FoundationOutdoor PlayLawson FoundationCanada Paper
Outdoor Play Glossary of TermsThe Outdoor Play Glossary provides a compilation of terminology & concepts integral to outdoor play. The purpose is to be consistent in the use of terms & build a shared understanding of language used in dialogue on outdoor play across Canada. 2022Outdoor Play Canada & Lawson FoundationOutdoor PlayOutdoor Play CanadaCanada of Terms
Children Nature NetworkThis orgnazation support and mobilize leaders, educators, activists, practitioners and parents working to turn the trend of an indoor childhood back out to the benefits of nature–and to increase safe and equitable access to the natural world for all.2016 to PresentChildren Nature NetworkOutdoor PlayChildren Nature NetworkUnited States
Child Care and the Environment: Intersections and Opportunities in BCThe Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC has released a $10 a Day policy note that sets out to specifically examine five intersections between the issues of child care, the environment and climate change.2022Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC & Early Childhood Educators of BCClimate Change
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC & Early Childhood Educators of BCCanada Note
What is Land-Based Learning?Explore Land-Based Learning Initiatives from across Canada with moderator Dustin Brass. The speakers work on Land-Based Learning in Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Ontario.2020Dustin Brass, Willie Ermine, Patsy McKinney, and Lisa Michano-CourcheneLand-based LearningThe National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous EducationCanada
Digital Forum
Seasonal Pedagogy‘Seasonal Pedagogy’ comes from Ojibwe Knowledge of the Four Seasons around the Great Lakes, it connects with the life experiences of all living things. Everything that grows has Birth, Movement, Relationship, and Passing. Because of these relationships, this ‘Seasonal Pedagogy‘ sits at the ‘edge of the bush’ between nations and worldviews. 2021Diane KashinLand-based Learning
Outdoor Play
Edge of the BushCanada
Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future : summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) released its findings with 94 calls to action aimed at building Indigenous culture and self-determination, and reconciliation between Canadian governments and Aboriginal societies. 2015Truth and Reconciliation Commission of CanadaLand-based Learning[Ottawa] : Truth and Reconciliation Commission of CanadaCanada
The Moccasin Identifier ProjectThis project has been developed by Carolyn King in partnership with Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the The Greenbelt Foundation, to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities.2019 to PresentCarolyn King, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and the Ontario Green BeltLand-based LearningThe Moccasin IdentifierCanada
We Are All Treaty People by Indigenous EducationThis set of learning modules has been created to support and inspire educators and future teachers to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives and an appreciation of how Indigenous knowledge and worldviews can assist all learners in their educational journey. The goal of the modules is to provide an introductory grounding to key issues affecting Indigenous people in Canada as a foundation for further and deeper learning.UnknownOntario Institute for Studies in EducationLand-based LearningOntario Institute for Studies in EducationCanada
e-Learning Content
Alex Shares his Wampum BeltA First Nation student named Alex and his inspiration to create a wampum belt from his Lego blocks. The boy explains that treaty belts are made from wampum and they represent promises made to last. The treaty is a living promise that means all people are Treaty People. 2017Kelly CrawfordLand-based LearningUnion of Ontario IndiansCanada Book
Treaty BabyTreaty Baby features simple, one line sentences about a female and male toddler. The pair holding an important wampum belt representing the Evergrowing Tree of Peace. Each two-page spread tells young readers about treaties and their significance to Indigenous people. 2016Sara General and Alyssa M. GeneralLand-based LearningSpirit & Intent Canada Book
Learning how to care for Mother EarthListen to Elder Dave Courchene, share his wisdom with us about Mother Earth and how we can incorporate more of her into our lives so we can continue on the path to bringing her back to good health.2019Elder Dave CourcheneLand-based LearningCBC ManitobaCanada
Digital Forum
Nibi is Water, Nibi aawon nbiishThis book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life. 2020Joanne Robertson, Isadore Toulouse, Shirley WilliamsLand-based Learning
Second Story PressCanada Book
A Walk on the TundraThe authors have provided a helpful glossary of terms, plants and their uses. Throughout the book the author introduces Inuit words and the pronunciation guide and glossary are particularly helpful.2018Anna Ziegler, Rebecca HainnuLand-based Learning
Inhabit MediaCanada Book
Sweetest KuluLyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. 2019Celina KallukLand-based Learning
Inhabit MediaCanada Book
The Seven TeachingsThe Seven Teachings are instrumental teachings in the aboriginal culture. These teachings honour spiritual law and bring us back to our connection to the land. The Seven Teachings or laws are represented by seven sacred animals. Each animal offers a special gift and understanding of how we as people should live our lives on mother earth.2007David CourcheneLand-based Learning
Author SolutionsCanada
The Seven Teachings Board BookA welcomed edition to any Early Years classroom. Our new Early Years board books are bright, colorful and an easy way to introduce children to the alphabet and basic numbers. Each book has thick, durable pages to stand up to multiple uses.UnknownNative ReflectionsLand-based Learning
Native ReflectionsCanada Book
Stolen Wordsold through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss. Grandfather lost his Cree language when he was taken from his loving family.2017Melanie FlorenceLand-based Learning
Second Story PressCanada Book
Phyllis's Orange ShirtThis is Phyllis’s story of living on the Dog Creek Reserve picking berries, gardening and fishing. One day she goes to town and picks out an orange shirt, which becomes her favourite. She wears this to her first day at residential school and it has become a symbol, especially on 2019Phyllis WebstadLand-based Learning
Medicine Wheel EducationCanada Book
Giving ThanksThis version of the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address or Ganohonyohk is written especially for children who want to know more about Six Nations Iroquois spirituality. Each page of the text addresses one aspect of creation, beginning with the people and extending to all of creation, including the food plants, animals, plants, trees, water, birds, four winds, thunders, sun, moon, stars, and spirit protectors. 1995Chief Jake SwampLand-based Learning
Lee & Low BooksCanada Book
We Give Our ThanksThe book celebrates how gratitude brings us closer to all of our relations, including the land, the waters, the medicines, and other beings in the natural world.2021Sara General OdadrihonyanisohLand-based Learning
Spirit & IntentCanada Book
Manitou Api: Where The Sun Rises - The Seven Sacred LawsThis excerpt explains the seven sacred laws that are represented by different animals. These teachings guide us on our human journey and help to connect us to nature.2016Elder Dave CourcheneLand-based Learning
Imagica PicturesCanada
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous WisdomIn a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgement and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. 2015Robin Wall KimmererLand-based Learning
Milkweed EditionsCanada
Acknowledging LandAs non-Indigenous people and organizations have become aware of Truth and Reconciliation, there has been a move to begin public gatherings with a “Land Acknowledgement.” Since there are different names connected with different lands at different points in history, the process of learning these nuances provides valuable context and often reveals a different story than we were taught in school.2019Hopi MartinLand-based Learning
York Region Nature CollaborativeCanada
Mishkos Kenomagwen: The Teachings of GrassIndigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live.2014Robin KimmererLand-based Learning
Reconciliation Begins With the LandIsaac Murdoch from Serpent River First Nation speaks about the importance of our relationship with the land and why we must include this when we talk about reconciliation2016Isaac MurdochLand-based Learning
Project H.O.M.E.Canada
Natural CuriosityThis book supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. The Indigenous lens in this edition represents a cross-cultural encounter supporting what can become an ongoing dialogue and evolution of practice in environmental inquiry.2018Doug Anderson, Julie Comay, Lorraine ChiarottoLand-based Learning
Outdoor Play
The Laboratory School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child StudyCanada
National Child Care SurveyOver 2000 child care professionals responded, sharing their experiences and views on indoor air quality, reducing toxic exposures, climate action, greener play spaces and more. The results of the survey will identify ways that child care professionals can be better supported in their efforts to create healthier and greener child care settings for the well-being of children and staff. 2022The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)Climate Change
Healthy Environments for Learning DayCanada
Creating Healthy and Sustainable Child Care EnvironmentsEveryday actions — ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a fragrance-free policy or composting program — can help a child care program create healthier indoor and outdoor spaces for children and staff, while contributing to environmental sustainability and action on climate change.2022The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and EnvironmentClimate Change
The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and EnvironmentCanada
Resource Hub
Advancing Environmental Health in Child Care SettingsThe ideas and suggestions included in this checklist and resource hub— ranging from choosing safer cleaning products and toys to introducing a fragrance-free policy or composting program — can help a child care program go beyond basic regulatory requirements to create healthier and more sustainable indoor and outdoor environments for the children in their care.2010The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and EnvironmentEnvironment
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and EnvironmentCanada
Avoiding the TRAP: Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Toronto and Options for Reducing ExposureToronto's air quality is improving. Policies and programs implemented at all levels of government over the past decade have led to downward trends in pollutant emissions, ambient air pollution levels, and related health impacts. However, progress may be slowing and air pollution still poses a significant burden of illness in Toronto. 2017City of TorontoEnvironment
Air Pollution
Urban Planning
City of TorontoCanada
Canadian Association of Physicians for the EnvironmentCAPE takes action to enable health for all by engaging with governments, running campaigns, conducting research, and drawing media attention to key issues. 1993 to PresentCanadian Association of Physicians for the EnvironmentEnvironment
Canadian Association of Physicians for the EnvironmentCanada
Canadian Association of Nurses for the EnvironmentThe CANE represents Nurses dedicated to the improvement of environmental health across all domains of nursing practice, policy, research and education. CANE works to facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer based on environmental health principles and nursing best practices.1990 to PresentCanadian Association of Nurses for the EnvironmentEnvironment
Canadian Association of Nurses for the EnvironmentCanada
Active outdoor play statement from the Council of Chief Medical Officers of HealthThe position statement applies to girls and boys (ages 3-12 years) regardless of ethnicity, race, or family socioeconomic status. Children who have a disability or a medical condition should also enjoy active play with guidance from a health professional.2015The Council of Chief Medical Officers of HealthOutdoor PlayPan-Canadian Public Health NetworkCanada
‘I learn new things and climb trees’ – What children say about play in Wales Most children are happy with the choice of good quality spaces, and overall are satisfied with their play opportunities. Nonetheless, a number of factors would seem to be important in restricting children’s rights and may be causes of harm.2019Play WalesOutdoor PlayPlay WalesWales
Play Wales impact report 2020 – 2021It features information and examples about how we have adapted our work to support the sector, in response to COVID-19, collaborated locally, nationally and internationally to support children’s play and commissioned and published research to inform our work and to increase understanding of the importance of children’s play and playwork.2021Play WalesOutdoor PlayPlay WalesWales
How Play Streets supports the development of physical literacy in children: A research reviewThe evaluation included exploring the evidence around organised street play and its contribution towards developing physical literacy in children. How Play Streets supports the development of physical literacy in children2020Play AustraliaOutdoor PlayPlay AustraliaAustralia
Outdoor Play and Learning ProgramIn 2016, EcoKids piloted Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) in six schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). First established in the United Kingdom, OPAL is recognized as a best practice for supporting school improvement through play.2016EcoKidsOutdoor PlayEcoKidsCanada
My City Too ReportMy City Too is an initiative by EcoKids and 8 80 Cities to develop a strategy that advances outdoor free play and independent mobility for children across the City of Toronto.2019EcoKids and 8 80 CitiesOutdoor PlayEcoKidsCaanda
How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit DisorderThe author reported that in just a few decades, childhood had moved indoors, disconnected from the natural world. There are many reasons for this, but the impact on children, people and the planet raised dire concerns.2016Richard LouvOutdoor PlayGreater GoodUnited States
Designing Streets for KidsThis Guide is a comprehensive, inspirational, yet practical guide that challenges us all to imagine a better way forward for our urban streets. Among their top 10 actions to improve streets for children: add spaces for play and learning.2020The Global Designing Cities InitiativeOutdoor PlayThe Global Designing Cities InitiativeUnited States Book
Raising CanadaThe Raising Canada 2020 Report provides an in-depth review of the top 10 threats to childhood. Among the top 10 threats is physical inactivity. 2021Children Frist CanadaOutdoor Play
Children Frist CanadaCanada
Review of inspiring case studies Play Streets and School StreetsLevelling the playing fields (LTPF) is a project by the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC) and the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal (ESPUM) to deploy free-play pilot interventions in five Canadian communities using two innovative models of re-allocating urban space in favour of young children: the school street and the play street.2020Levelling the Playing Fields & Montreal Urban Ecology CentreOutdoor Play
Levelling the Playing FieldsCanadaEN:
Playing to LearnYMCA’s National Playing to Learn curriculum was expanded upon by YMCA of Southwestern Ontario to shift the focus of the program towards self-directed and unstructured risky play for children, to support children’s curiosities and interests while also building their resilience and confidence. Their curriculum is rooted in research on the association between outdoor play and children’s positive holistic development.2015 to PresentYMCAOutdoor PlayYMCACanada
Whiteboard Video: Child Physical Activity During COVID-19Dr. Sarah Moore from the Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University, is featured among a series of five whiteboard animation videos focused on ‘Staying Healthy During a Pandemic.’ In her video, Dr. Moore describes the impact of COVID-19 on the movement behaviours of children.2021Sarah MooreOutdoor Play
YoutubeCanada Series
Play Outdoors MagazineIn this magazine, the articles are written by educators, practitioners, and researchers and include: how-to incorporate loose parts in the outdoor environment, books and resources, voices from the field, reflection on and about practice, recipes, messages from parents.2021 to PresentPlay Outdoors MagazineOutdoor Play
Play Outdoors MagazineCanada
2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and YouthThe authors identified that ‘the biggest risk is keeping kids indoors’ and highlighted findings from the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play on the importance of outdoor play and outdoor risky play for children’s health and wellbeing.2015ParticipACTIONOutdoor Play
2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and YouthIn this report, the authors are taking a closer look at what physical activity does for one of their most vital and complex organs: the brain. The data around physical activity is alarming: on average, kids are still sitting too much and moving too little to reach their full potential. 2018ParticipACTIONOutdoor Play
Outdoor Playspaces for Children: An Evidence ReviewPeterborough Public Health undertook an extensive review of evidence related to outdoor playspaces for children in response to an observed increase in playground injury rates in Peterborough compared to the rest of the province. The review focuses on evidence related to the benefits of outdoor play, safety and risk, injury prevention, physical activity, and physical and mental health。2017Peterborough Public Health Outdoor Play
Peterborough Public Health Canada
Spotlight: CreativityThis research report highlights leading education innovations from around the world, including the Walking Curriculum, a Canadian initiative led by Gillian Judson that aims develop students’ Sense of Place and enrich their curricular learning through 60 different walks. 2020Christopher PetrieOutdoor Play
LEGO Foundation and hundrEDFinland
The importance of outdoor play and how to design outdoor spaces in ECEThis webinar covered the latest research on outdoor play, risky play, and play in nature, as well as practical ideas and strategies for incorporating outdoor play into ECE settings.2020Mariana Brussoni & Susan HerringtonOutdoor Play
The Education HubNew Zealand
Outdoor play and why it’s importantChildren are spending less time playing outdoors, and particularly in natural environments, than in previous generations, despite the fact that outdoor play has a range of developmental benefits beyond physical and social development and the evidence base exploring the benefits of outdoor play is extensive. 2020Vicky HargravesOutdoor Play
The Education HubNew Zealand
The cognitive benefits of interacting with natureWe compare the restorative effects on cognitive functioning of interactions with natural versus urban environments. 2020Marc G Berman, John Jonides, Stephen KaplanOutdoor Play
Psychological ScienceUnited States Article
The Benefits of Children's Engagement with Nature: A Systematic Literature ReviewThis paper sets out the findings of a systematic review of the research literature on the benefits that arise when children under 12 spend time in natural environments. The findings are relevant to the development of educational and planning policy and practice, and to advocacy work.2014Tim GillOutdoor Play
Children, Youth and EnvironmentsUnited States Article
The influence of the outdoor environment: den‐making in three different contextsThe research consisted of non‐participant, narrative observations of children aged between 3‐ and 5‐years and early years practitioners involved in supporting them in their play. Content analysis revealed common themes: the impact of the environment on the way children utilised their play space, how the resources in an outdoor environment provided opportunities for children to generate and sustain their imagination and creativity, and how relationships with other children and early years practitioners were facilitated through the outdoor environment.2010Natalie Canning Outdoor PlayEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal United Kingdom Article
A Systematic Review of Research into the Impact of Loose Parts Play on Children’s Cognitive, Social and Emotional DevelopmentLoose parts play (LPP) interventions introduce moveable materials and equipment to children’s play spaces to facilitate unstructured, child-led play. We conducted a systematic search of the literature on LPP interventions for primary school-aged children which used quantitative outcome indicators for cognitive, social and/or emotional development. 2017Jenny Louise Gibson, Megan Cornell & Tim Gill Outdoor PlaySchool Mental Health Australia, New Zealand, one United Kingdom Article
Connecting children to nature through residential outdoor environmental educationConnecting to nature and spending time outdoors as children have been indicated as predictors of environmentally responsible behavior. These findings offer encouragement of residential outdoor environmental education programs’ ability to foster connection to nature in participants.2018Lauren E. Mullenbach, Rob G. Andrejewski & Andrew J. MowenOutdoor PlayEnvironmental Education Research United States Article
"The Trampoline Tree and the Swamp Monster with 18 Heads": Outdoor Play in the Foundation Stage and Foundation PhaseThis paper considers pedagogy and outdoor play in the early years. The particular focus is on the specific features and benefits of outdoor play. The paper will reflect on the development and opportunities for children's play themes and how these impact on pedagogy in early years settings.2007Tim WallerOutdoor PlayEducationUnited Kingdom Article
Benefits of Being in NatureThe Benefits of Being in Nature factsheet by the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia Health Authority summarizes evidence on the benefits of being in nature including the benefits of outdoor play for children’s healthy movement, which references the Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. Also included in the factsheet is a list of resources for getting into nature in and around the Halifax area.2018Halifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia Health Authority Outdoor PlayHalifax Regional Municipality and the Nova Scotia Health Authority Canada Sheet
A Common Vision for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary living in Canada: Let’s Get MovingA Common Vision for Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Living in Canada: Let’s Get Moving Report, a national policy document by the Public Health Agency of Canada, provides guidance on ways to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary living.2018Health CanadaOutdoor PlayHealth CanadaCanada
Active Healthy Kids Global AllianceThe Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance is committed to powering the global movement to get kids moving through thought leadership, knowledge translation and mobilization, capacity building, and advocacy. This is facilitated by sustainable partnerships and cross-sectoral collaborations that enable best-practice exchanges, networking and cross-fertilization.2014 to PresentActive Healthy Kids Global AllianceOutdoor PlayActive Healthy Kids Global AllianceCanada
Le Projet AlexLe Projet Alex, launched by Association québécoise des CPE, is an initiative to support early childhood education services in bringing learning outdoors and exploring education by and through nature. 2011 to PresentLe Projet AlexOutdoor PlayAssociation québécoise des CPECanadaFR:
RCPEM: Create nurturing outside environmentsThe ‘create nurturing outside environments: supporting infant and young children’s free movement and active play’ project by Regroupement des Centres de la Petite Enfance de la Montérégie (RCPEM) provided information and training to six pilot communities to address limitations in outdoor play, outdoor play spaces, and parental attitudes to outdoor play.2016 to 2019Regroupement des Centres de la Petite Enfance de la MontérégieOutdoor PlayRegroupement des Centres de la Petite Enfance de la MontérégieCanadaFR: Website
Play Outside NSPlay Outside NS is brought to you by the PLEY (Physical Literacy and the Early Years) Project. Our focus is to promote physical literacy and the development of fundamental movement skills through sharing our research through events and online resources. We hope that this will become a resource for parents, educators, health professionals and sport coaches.2019 to PrensentPlay Outside NSOutdoor PlayPlay Outside NSCanada
Funding for Outdoor Play in CanadaFunding for Outdoor Play in Canada supports funders and grant seekers in finding common ground and building partnerships to advance the multiple issue areas that overlap with outdoor play.2021Lawson Foundation & Outdoor Play CanadaOutdoor PlayLawson Foundation & Outdoor Play CanadaCanada
The 2021 Canadian City Parks Report: Centring Equity & ResiliencePark 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.2021Park PeopleEnvironments
Outdoor Play
Land-based Learning
Park PeopleCanada
Schoolyards Count: How Ontario’s schoolyards measure up for health, physical activity and environmental learningThe report provides a review of why schoolyards matter for the health and wellbeing of students, a review of the gaps in research on schoolyard quality and presents their findings on the promotion of physical activity, environmental learning and play in schoolyards, and the quality of schoolyards between communities and neighborhoods. 2021Kelly Gallagher-Mackay, Christine Corso and Tammy Shubat Outdoor Play
Outdoor Play CanadaCanada
The Case for Play in Schools: A review of the literatureThe UK-based Outdoor Play and Learning project released a literature review on academic evidence that can inform OPAL’s approach to play in schools. The report discusses the value of playtime in schools, in terms of intrinsic, and instrumental, with the ultimate goal of improving playtimes, making support and resources for play better and supporting schools for longer.2021Ana Ardelean, Kate Smith and Wendy RussellOutdoor Play
Outdoor Play and LearningUnited Kingdom
Play to ThriveThis report makes the case for the fundamental importance of play for children’s ability to learn and thrive in the 21st century. The report provides an overview of the current state of global crises, how play may help children navigate these crises, why it is important to – and how to effectively – connect play and the school curriculum, barriers to the play revolution, and finally 5 calls to action to spread opportunities for play.2021Josh Fullan, Santiago Rincón-Gallardo and Dr. Jean ClintonOutdoor Play
Maximum CityUnited States
CPHW Webinar: Our Planet, Our Health, Our Public Health ResponsibilityThe speaker delivered a webinar on behalf of the Canadian Public Health Association entitled ‘Our Planet, Our Health, Our Public Health Responsibility’, in which he discusses climate change as the greatest public health challenge we now face, and efforts such as promoting outdoor play and learning as part of the solution.2022Dr. Trevor Hancock Outdoor Play
Canadian Public Health AssociationCanada
Nature Connection HandbookThis handbook offers guidance and support to those seeking to promote connections with nature. This beautifully illustrated online resource highlights the importance of fostering nature connections, offers five simple pathways to start building nature connection.2022Dr. Miles Richardson and Dr. Carly W ButlerOutdoor Play
Finding NatureUnited Kingdom
Climate Change: The Thief of ChildhoodAs predictions about the effects of climate change have become more urgent, Stuart Grauer has wondered how much to bring this information into the curriculum at his school. Would learning about the possibly disastrous effects of climate change cultivate a sense of despair in students and ruin their childhoods?2020Stuart R. GrauerClimate ChangePhi Delta KappanUnited States Article
The Nexus of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Environmental Justice on Children's HealthClimate change poses a threat to children, who are increasingly vulnerable, depending on adults to protect them from the impacts of these changes. Children living in poverty carry additional burdens and risks, living in environments that consistently experience poor air and water quality from polluting industries, compounded by the effects of climate change.2021Emma Pennea, Laura Anderko, Caroline Moore and Ruth McDermott-LevyClimate Change
Journal of Applied Research on ChildrenUnited States Article
Young Children's Preferences: What Stimulates Children's Cognitive Play in Outdoor Preschools?A number of studies have identified childcare environments as significant resources for children's development, learning through play, and contact with nature. The outcomes of this study have implications for the design of outdoor preschools, suggesting a balanced integration of nature with manufactured play features to enhance cognitive play experiences.2017Zahra ZamaniOutdoor PlayJournal of Early Childhood ResearchUnited States Article
Preschool Children's Social Play and Involvement in the Outdoor EnvironmentThe results are discussed with reference to the need to implement innovations in the outdoor preschool environment that have a positive effect on child development. The outdoor environment should promote social participation as well as gender equality and inclusion, and consequently it should be designed to offer both access to a natural environment and multiple opportunities for play.2017Nekane Miranda,Inaki Larrea,Alexander Muela & Alexander BarandiaranOutdoor PlayEarly Education and DevelopmentSpain Article
A Young Child's Perspectives on Outdoor Play: A Case Study from Vancouver, British ColumbiaThere has been an increasing amount of concern about the lack of direct exposure that young children have to nature and the outdoors in Canada and the United States, leading to an increase in outdoor- and nature-based learning models for young children. The importance of young children's choice in active, co-constructed environmental education is discussed. As well, the need for early childhood environmental education to take place in locations that are familiar to young children is highlighted.2015A. Elizabeth BeattieOutdoor PlayInternational Journal of Early Childhood Environmental EducationCanada Article
Exploring Continuities between Family Engagement and Well-Being in Aboriginal Head Start Programs in CanadaChildren and families receive maximum benefits from early childhood programs when families are actively engaged. The findings have relevancy beyond Indigenous contexts to all early childhood and child health programs that are questioning how to engage with families who experience multifaceted forms of social disadvantage and marginalization.2019Gerlach, Alison J., Gignac, JoanLand-based LearningInfants and Young ChildrenCanada Article
Indigenous Children's Linguistic Rights in the 21st Century: Intentions and Tensions in PracticeExamples are presented of Indigenous language programmes in early childhood settings in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Sápmi and the USA to highlight the significant roles of policy, Elders, communities, teacher education and the role of early childhood education in supporting children and families to reclaim endangered Indigenous languages.2019Libby Lee-Hammond & Elizabeth Jackson-Barrett Land-based LearningInternational Journal of Early ChildhoodCanada Article