Nature Play

The benefits of being outside are many and coming increasingly to the forefront of recreation research. Here are some tips on how to bring nature play to your programs. 

The ParticipACTION Report Card (formerly the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card) provides a comprehensive assessment of the...
Lesson plans include an introduction, warm-up activities, main activities, and cool-down activities. Lessons 1 and 2 - Gym or Outdoor...
The panel discussion, at the 2009 Parks Conference hosted by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, on Children and Nature included...
Describes what ARPA has been doing in response to the groundswell of interest stimulated by the book Last Child in the Woods, by Richard...
Presents the results of a June 2008 ARPA dialogue looking at the importance of reconnecting children with nature. Summarizes presentations...
This report discusses the decline in outdoor play among children and the way such play has changed, the benefits of children playing in...
Twelve-minute video talk by Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning. Kids now are getting less and less time outdoors,...
This is a summary of an 18-month project that was carried out as a result of a partnership between the Alberta Recreation and Parks...
This article looks at why play is important, threats to opportunities to play, different kinds of play, the pedagogy of play, play and...
Speakers: Elizabeth Halpenny, Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, Bethan Kingsley, Mary Ann Rintoul, Allison Pratley, Lisa Tink Despite the...
This resource looks at how to incorporate Nature Play into programs: How to encourage unstructured play opportunities in nature; ...
The Ontario Children's Outdoor Charter aims to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature. Spending time outdoors is essential...
Pathways for Play helps communities create networks of shared use pathways, infused with play pockets, and usable by all for healthy...
PLAY AGAIN is an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei, produced by Meg Merrill, and edited by David Bee. The soundtrack...
Presents the results of the 2010 Pan Canadian survey by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) on behalf of the Canadian Parks and...
Online webinar, 1 hour. This webinar looks at benefits, and various aspects and ways of connecting children with nature, such as through...
The Nature Playbook is a strategy to connect young people with Nature in Canada. It is meant to guide and inspire actions that all...
Here are a dozen fun ideas to keep kids moving and connect them with the natural world, recommended by AMC experts. All these activities...
Presenters: Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, Bethan Kingsley, Elizabeth Halpenny, Allison Pratley, Mary Ann Rintoul, Lisa Tink The purpose of...
This presentation, from the 2011 National Recreation Summit, defines play, looks at it from a child's perspective, and discusses the...
This report cites statistics on how long children devote to unstructured outdoor play (four to seven minutes a day) and in front of...