Related Websites & Articles

30 Days Wild Businesses, The Wildlife Trusts
A month long nature challenge to people to bring a little bit of nature into their work place.

A Classroom Without Walls
St. Catharines Standard, November 5 2016

Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move?
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, 2016

Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario (AECEO)
Pages tagged “Outdoor”

Back2Nature Network
Connecting children and families with nature.

Be Fit for Life
Website & Resources

Bernard Spiegal
Author of Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation Guide.

Bienenstock Playgrounds
Consulting, design and construction of natural playspaces.

Canada Safety Council
Rules and guidelines for play spaces in Canada. (The Canada Safety Council is an independent, knowledge-based, charitable organization dedicated to the cause of safety).

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines For Children and Youth
Document, ParticipACTION, 2017.

Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines For Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep
Website; Full Guidelines, ParticipACTION

Canadian Wildlife Federation – Education
Step outside, get familiar with wildlife and engage in the natural world. Delivering programs to inspire conservation ethic for all and offering training that connects people with wildlife and nature through experiential learning.

Can you Prescribe Nature?
BBC News, July 2015

Child’s Play: Forget Monkey Bars. Let Them Be Monkeys
Article, Globe and Mail

Daycare in the Woods; Forest School at Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care
St. Catharines Standard video on Youtube

Developing Your School Grounds – Useful Books
Creative Star Learning Ltd.

Do Nature and Technology Go Together?
Claire Warden’s Blog; Inspirational Early Childhood Education

ECCDC & Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds Partnership: We are working together to support Niagara’s early learning and child care programs to transform traditional playgrounds into naturalized play spaces.

Earthplay Design
Rusty Keeler is the author of the book, Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul (Exchange Press: 2008)
Also features many natural playground projects.

Forest Schools Canada
Our vision is for all Canadian children to play and learn in local forests, creeks, meadows, prairie grasses, mountains, and shorelines with a wise and skilled educator who understands the power of play and child-directed learning and how this can contribute to a more sustainable world.

Found in the Forest: Exploring the Environmental School

Garden and Food Safety Fact Sheet
Article, Niagara Region

Garden Jane
Healthy Food and Garden Education

Getting it Right for Play – A Toolkit to Assess and Improve Local Play Opportunities
Play Scotland

International Mud Day, June 29
World Forum Foundation

Kids Hop to it for New Playground
Article, Niagara This Week

Landscape and Child Development – A Design Guide for Early Years – Kindergarten Play – Learning Environments
Article, Evergreen

Making the Case for Natural Playgrounds
Article, by Adam Bienenstock; Canadian Child Care Federation; Interaction, Spring 2010

Natural Play in Schools
Video, Youtube

Nature and Why It’s Essential For Kids’ Brains: Information for Parents and Caregivers
Article on

Nature is the Classroom
Video, WBEZ91.5 Chicago

Nature for All
Video, Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

Nature Kindergarten: Deepening Connections with Place with Dr. Enid Elliot

Nature Play New Zealand
Nature playscapes and inspiration.

Negotiating Professional Learning in Place: Vygotsky Influenced Forest School
Blog Post, Diane Kashin; Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research, August 2015

Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland Online Resources


Niagara Farm Project
A “for community profit” agricultural organization in Niagara.

Risk is Essential to Childhood – as are Scrapes, Grazes, Falls, and Panic
Article, The Guardian

Risky Outdoor Play is Good for your Kids. Here’s Why
The Weather Network, June 2015

Schemas in Children’s Play
Article, Nature Play

The Biggest Risk is Keeping Kids Indoors
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, 2015

The Good School Playground Guide
Article, Learning Through Landscapes

The Overprotected Kid
Article, The Atlantic

The Permission Society: Do We Need a No-Child-Left-Inside Legal Defense Fund?
Article, Children and Nature Network

The Right — and Surprisingly Wrong — Ways to Get Kids to Sit Still in Class
Article, The Washington Post

The Unsafe Child: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good
Article, Children and Nature Network

This Is Me : Article 31 and a Child’s Right to Play
Video, UNCRC Article 31

Universal Principles for Connecting Children with Nature
Nature Action Collaborative for Children Leadership Team, World Forum Foundation

When a Forest Heals
Video, Niagara Nature and Forest Therapy

Why Naturalized Play Spaces Are Important…
Article, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds

Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still in School Today
Article, The Washington Post

Why Our Children Need to Get Outside and Engage With Nature
Article, the Guardian