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SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT TO BRING BACK ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS!

Welcome from Deb Doncaster

President, Earth Day Canada

We invite you to #Pledge4PLAY during Earth Month (April 1-30) to support creating Adventure Playgrounds in Canada.

Your pledge of $100+ enters you into a draw for a chance to win a family trip to the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground in California, courtesy of our partners at the Air Canada Foundation.

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups around? I did, too — and these experiences led me on the path to where I am today at Earth Day Canada.

According to new research from a professor at UBC, outdoor unstructured play time is a key ingredient for instilling a sense of environmental stewardship in children. Furthermore, a 2015 ParticiPACTION report says this type of play is essential to healthy childhood development. And yet, it has been rapidly disappearing for the past several decades.

A recent UNICEF study ranks Canada 24th out of 29 countries when it comes to children’s health and happiness; 20 percent of them are considered obese; and about 70% of Canadian youth get outside for less than an hour each day.

When I was a kid, the world outside our front door was an adventure playground, where we were free to explore and roam with other kids from the neighbourhood. Today, our local parks are among the few places children have to spend time outdoors, but these spaces offer little in the way of physical challenge, social engagement or creative inspiration, and are typically viewed as “boring” by older kids. Parents and caregivers hover everywhere, sometimes just monitoring but often micromanaging the activity.

An emerging response to creating better outdoor play opportunities for children and youth is the introduction (or reintroduction) of Adventure Playgrounds. These are curated wild spaces, bursting with natural materials (straw, water, dirt, logs) and loose parts (spare tires, netting, cardboard, buckets), often with tools available to help kids transform all the bits and pieces into forts and ships and hiding places. The children decide what they want to do and how they will do it, with trained play-workers on-site to supervise, not direct, the play.

Canada once had adventure playgrounds, and Earth Day Canada is working hard to bring them back — because adventure play gets kids outside, active and stimulated, which keeps them happy and healthy; because the next generation won’t have any motivation to protect our planet if they’re stuck indoors; and because adventure play fosters inclusion and a deeper sense of community.

Let’s make sure our kids get outside and get the play they deserve — before it’s too late.

Pledge to WIN these Great Prizes

We’re Making Headlines!

Bringing outdoor play back to our indoor kids” / EcoParent, April 5, 2017

Earth Day Canada brings self-direction back to playtime” / Collections, April 7, 2017

 “The beauty of StreetPLAY” / EcoParent, April 12, 2017

 “7 reasons why Canada needs more adventure playgrounds” / ParticipACTION, April 13, 2017

Get ready to play for Earth Day” / Windsor Star, April 19, 2017

Pilot project aims to make Toronto streets more child-friendly” / Metro News, April 20, 2017

Grand Prize

Trip for four to the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground

You can win a trip for four to sunny California to visit the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground! The grand prize includes four round trip airline tickets to San Francisco, two nights accommodations near the park, and park entrance. Flights courtesy of the Air Canada Foundation. NOTE: Chances to win the grand prize are earned at $100+ pledge levels only.

Prize Pool

Raleigh Bikes

Win one of five Raleigh Canada City Bikes! Get to know your neighbourhood the best way possible: on two wheels. Raleigh’s city bike fleet is designed to get you from A to B as quickly — or slowly — as you’d like to go. Properly sized women’s, men’s and youth bikes are available to 5 lucky winners!

Tickets to the Earth Day Canada Gala

You’ll join 400+ environmental, business, community and political leaders as they come together on June 14th in the Historic Distillery District to celebrate the accomplishments of local change-makers, enjoy local food and drink, network and have fun! More info here.

Logan & Finley gift certificates

5 x $100 gift certificates from Logan & Finley built to last. Local. Natural. Logan & Finley is an urban general store featuring thoughtfully chosen, well designed, ethically sourced clothing for men and women, accessories, skin care, cleaning products, food storage, specialty food, gifts and cards. Located on trendy Queen Street West in Toronto.

Patagonia bags

These stylish Patagonia Black Hole Duffel bags have enough space for a fun weekend adventure or an epic family vacation. Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

G Adventures Swag Bag

Be ready for any adventure in your new G Adventures backpack, complete with cozy sweater, luggage tags, fun activities and more! You’ll be all set to explore the beautiful world around you.

Washington North watch by Tense Watch

The Washington North wood watch shows hourly markers, second markers, and has luminescent hands on an octagonal face. It is made from 100% recycled butternut wood with stainless steel crown and clasp. All Tense Watch pieces are hypoallergenic, adjustable in size and manufactured in Canada with Miyota Watch Movements from Japan.

Gift Cards from Ardene

Win one of five $100 gift cards from Ardene!
Ardene has all your outfit goals covered. Shop the latest trends, and get perfect mix and match deals. We’ve got it all – from clothing, footwear, accessories, and more. Gift certificates can be used at any of Ardene’s 400+ stores, or online at ardene.com.

1-year Digital Subscription to EcoParent Magazine

A magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Published quarterly, EcoParent features food, fashion, books, travel, health & beauty, home & garden, and so much more!

The Land, an Adventure Play Documentary

Described as “a horror film for helicopter parents,” this new documentary about an adventure playground in Wales — that lets kids climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails — is an in-depth look at what enriched outdoor play really can be. More info here.

April 6th 2017

$5,000

April 21st 2017

$2,500

April 6th 2017

$2,500

April 22nd 2017

$1,000

April 19th 2017

$1,000

April 11th 2017

$1,000

April 10th 2017

$1,000

April 5th 2017

$1,000

April 4th 2017

$1,000

April 3rd 2017

$1,000

April 25th 2017

$500

April 19th 2017

$500

Jackie Moore

April 27th 2017

$25.00

Jennifer Bowman

April 27th 2017

$50.00

Anonymous

April 27th 2017

$250.00

Thomas Haubenreisser

April 27th 2017

$50.00

Kate + Norah Co

April 26th 2017

$100.00

Jim Patterson

April 25th 2017

$100.00

Livy Jacobs

April 25th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 24th 2017

$50.00

Laurie K hearts Earth Day

April 23rd 2017

$10.00

Sara Laflamme

April 22nd 2017

$10.00

Ryan Strauss

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Monique et Bob

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Numbers and Company

April 22nd 2017

$100.00

Susan Markham-Starr

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Karen from Montreal

April 22nd 2017

$50.00

Aliraza Asrani

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

violetta

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

MM Boone

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Krista Legere

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Guildford Park Green Team

April 22nd 2017

$50.00

Leanne Noble

April 21st 2017

$20.00

Kay Belk

April 21st 2017

$250.00

Anonymous

April 20th 2017

$50.00

Anonymous

April 20th 2017

$100.00

Krista@200thStreet

April 18th 2017

$50.00

Datenight Babysitting

April 18th 2017

$250.00

Dave Gwilliams

April 21st 2017

$100.00

Linda Thomson

April 21st 2017

$25.00

Kerstin

April 20th 2017

$25.00

Angela Del Buono

April 19th 2017

$25.00

Bronwyn Underhill

April 19th 2017

$100.00

nancy cox

April 19th 2017

$25.00

Bob Rogers

April 18th 2017

$250.00

Jan Hornford

April 18th 2017

$25.00

Bob McInnis

April 18th 2017

$10.00

Segway of Ontario

April 17th 2017

$100.00

Eric Stevenson

April 17th 2017

$300.00

Fragola Organic Baby Food

April 14th 2017

$125.00

Anonymous

April 8th 2017

$200.00

Victoria Lazier

April 7th 2017

$100.00

Andrew Holownych

April 5th 2017

$100.00

don

April 18th 2017

$100.00

Stefan Skogberg

April 5th 2017

$20.00

Anonymous

April 5th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 17th 2017

$10.00

Charlie Drummond

April 16th 2017

$25.00

Tio Uli

April 15th 2017

$25.00

Ian C

April 14th 2017

$25.00

Heather

April 14th 2017

$500.00

Amber Ellis

April 14th 2017

$25.00

Rae Brager

April 7th 2017

$10.00

Stuart lazier

April 7th 2017

$500.00

Nancy Doucet

April 7th 2017

$25.00

Pat Farquharson

April 6th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 6th 2017

$250.00

Dawn Carr

April 6th 2017

$50.00

Academy of Culinary Nutrition

April 6th 2017

$250.00

Jade Armstrong

April 5th 2017

$50.00

Linda Naccarato

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Caro Lock

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Cristina

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Vicky Compton

April 5th 2017

$100.00

Anne

April 3rd 2017

$100.00

Paul Erlichman

April 3rd 2017

$25.00

Black Current Marketing

April 3rd 2017

$25.00

Vanessa F

April 1st 2017

$25.00

It’s Time to Reclaim Recess and Outdoor Play! We’re asking schools across Canada to #EarthPLAY for Earth Day this year…

Recess is often the only time kids have for outdoor play

For many children, recess, lunch and after-school hours are the only times available for outdoor, unstructured free play – this is something we all must protect and support!

To get educators and students involved in our #EarthPLAY for Earth Day campaign, we’re asking schools to host an extended recess or a full day of Adventure Play — every school that commits to this (by registering on our website by April 22nd) and sends us a photo or video of their outdoor play will be entered into a draw to win a custom Play Fest at their school.

To help, we’ve created a FREE Earth Day tool kit just for schools — you can find this and other resources on our Schools campaign page here.

Members of the press seeking more information on our programs or campaign, and/or interviews with Earth Day Canada staff including President Deb Doncaster, are encouraged to contact our Director of Communications, Vanessa Farquharson, at vanessa@earthday.ca.

To use the Earth Day Canada logo, download campaign materials, get social media content and other promotional resources, please visit our Partners and Sponsors page!

Thanks to our Media Partners!

Why is Earth Day Canada running a campaign to promote EarthPLAY?

Earth Day Canada wants to put self-directed outdoor play back into childhood. Our new EarthPLAY program brings enriched play opportunities to our parks, schools and neighbourhood streets; this promotes childhood development, health and wellbeing, connects the next generation to the environment, and supports the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects every child’s right to unstructured leisure time. Read more about the benefits of EarthPLAY at earthplay.ca.

What is an adventure playground?

A true adventure playground is a curated wild space dedicated to child culture, offering a wide variety of natural materials, upcycled loose parts, and various tools, supported by staff trained in playwork. An adventure playground provides opportunities for children to explore their inner nature and natural environment. The space itself is usually open, with few or no fixed play structures other than those built by the children themselves; there is often a permanent storage unit or “play pod” on-site to store loose parts. The playworkers have experience working with children, basic knowledge about construction and sound management skills — they help the children solve problems and assure their safety, without directing the play. The children decide what they want to do and plan how they will do it. From imagining it to playing on it, they learn valuable skills and shape their own play space.

How is #Pledge4PLAY supporting adventure playgrounds in Canada?

Both the City of Calgary and the City of Toronto are currently interested in piloting adventure playgrounds; Earth Day Canada is supporting these efforts through research, programming and advocacy. We are also committed to supporting new and growing local adventure play organizations across the country and are developing these relationships now.

Can I host my own EarthPLAY for Earth Day event?

Yes, get outside and and bring adventure play to your local park with loose parts! Download our FREE EarthPLAY Tool Kit to learn how. Then, upload your event to our Events calendar and promote it to your network of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.

How else can I get involved in Earth Day this year?

You’re invited to share your favourite #PLAYmemory with us on social media! Think back to when you were growing up, to when you played with your friends playing on the street until it got dark; when you had a favourite climbing tree in a nearby ravine; or when you got soaked playing Capture the Flag in the rain. Tell us what made it memorable, why you had so much fun, or even how it shaped who you are today! If you have an old photo of yourself from this time, even better — we’ll be sharing some vintage photos of our staff and their play memories, and we’ve got some Canadian celebrities planning to reveal theirs, too. Just use these hashtags: #PLAYmemory and #ED2017, and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter (@EarthDayCanada).

How can schools participate?

For Earth Day 2017, we’re asking schools to reclaim recess and the role of outdoor free play in the development of children across the country! Through our EcoKids program, we have developed a special tool kit for schools across Canada to demonstrate their support by committing to host an extra or extended recess or even a full day of adventure play during Earth Week (April 17 – 21). Participating schools can win a custom EarthPLAY Play Fest! Our experienced team will consult with staff beforehand to determine outdoor play needs, come in person to the winning school to host and facilitate an entire day of enriched play with loose parts and offer an introduction to our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program. Click here to register your EarthPLAY event anytime between April 1st and April 22nd.

When will I receive my charitable receipt for contributing to #Pledge4PLAY?

Earth Day Canada will be generating charitable receipts on a weekly basis, and will email them to donors directly. You will receive your charitable receipt via email no later than May 7, 2017.

PayPal won’t accept my payment. How do I participate in the campaign?

PayPal has issues with some credit card payments, which they are hoping to resolve soon. While they work on it, feel free to send an email to info@earthday.ca with the pledge level you’d like to select, and Earth Day Canada will issue you an invoice manually.

+ Pledge4PLAY

Welcome from Deb Doncaster

President, Earth Day Canada

We invite you to #Pledge4PLAY during Earth Month (April 1-30) to support creating Adventure Playgrounds in Canada.

Your pledge of $100+ enters you into a draw for a chance to win a family trip to the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground in California, courtesy of our partners at the Air Canada Foundation.

Remember how you played as a child? Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and getting your hands dirty, without any grownups around? I did, too — and these experiences led me on the path to where I am today at Earth Day Canada.

According to new research from a professor at UBC, outdoor unstructured play time is a key ingredient for instilling a sense of environmental stewardship in children. Furthermore, a 2015 ParticiPACTION report says this type of play is essential to healthy childhood development. And yet, it has been rapidly disappearing for the past several decades.

A recent UNICEF study ranks Canada 24th out of 29 countries when it comes to children’s health and happiness; 20 percent of them are considered obese; and about 70% of Canadian youth get outside for less than an hour each day.

When I was a kid, the world outside our front door was an adventure playground, where we were free to explore and roam with other kids from the neighbourhood. Today, our local parks are among the few places children have to spend time outdoors, but these spaces offer little in the way of physical challenge, social engagement or creative inspiration, and are typically viewed as “boring” by older kids. Parents and caregivers hover everywhere, sometimes just monitoring but often micromanaging the activity.

An emerging response to creating better outdoor play opportunities for children and youth is the introduction (or reintroduction) of Adventure Playgrounds. These are curated wild spaces, bursting with natural materials (straw, water, dirt, logs) and loose parts (spare tires, netting, cardboard, buckets), often with tools available to help kids transform all the bits and pieces into forts and ships and hiding places. The children decide what they want to do and how they will do it, with trained play-workers on-site to supervise, not direct, the play.

Canada once had adventure playgrounds, and Earth Day Canada is working hard to bring them back — because adventure play gets kids outside, active and stimulated, which keeps them happy and healthy; because the next generation won’t have any motivation to protect our planet if they’re stuck indoors; and because adventure play fosters inclusion and a deeper sense of community.

Let’s make sure our kids get outside and get the play they deserve — before it’s too late.

Pledge to WIN these Great Prizes

We’re Making Headlines!

Bringing outdoor play back to our indoor kids” / EcoParent, April 5, 2017

Earth Day Canada brings self-direction back to playtime” / Collections, April 7, 2017

 “The beauty of StreetPLAY” / EcoParent, April 12, 2017

 “7 reasons why Canada needs more adventure playgrounds” / ParticipACTION, April 13, 2017

Get ready to play for Earth Day” / Windsor Star, April 19, 2017

Pilot project aims to make Toronto streets more child-friendly” / Metro News, April 20, 2017

+ Prizes

Grand Prize

Trip for four to the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground

You can win a trip for four to sunny California to visit the famous Berkeley Marina Adventure Playground! The grand prize includes four round trip airline tickets to San Francisco, two nights accommodations near the park, and park entrance. Flights courtesy of the Air Canada Foundation. NOTE: Chances to win the grand prize are earned at $100+ pledge levels only.

Prize Pool

Raleigh Bikes

Win one of five Raleigh Canada City Bikes! Get to know your neighbourhood the best way possible: on two wheels. Raleigh’s city bike fleet is designed to get you from A to B as quickly — or slowly — as you’d like to go. Properly sized women’s, men’s and youth bikes are available to 5 lucky winners!

Tickets to the Earth Day Canada Gala

You’ll join 400+ environmental, business, community and political leaders as they come together on June 14th in the Historic Distillery District to celebrate the accomplishments of local change-makers, enjoy local food and drink, network and have fun! More info here.

Logan & Finley gift certificates

5 x $100 gift certificates from Logan & Finley built to last. Local. Natural. Logan & Finley is an urban general store featuring thoughtfully chosen, well designed, ethically sourced clothing for men and women, accessories, skin care, cleaning products, food storage, specialty food, gifts and cards. Located on trendy Queen Street West in Toronto.

Patagonia bags

These stylish Patagonia Black Hole Duffel bags have enough space for a fun weekend adventure or an epic family vacation. Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire, and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

G Adventures Swag Bag

Be ready for any adventure in your new G Adventures backpack, complete with cozy sweater, luggage tags, fun activities and more! You’ll be all set to explore the beautiful world around you.

Washington North watch by Tense Watch

The Washington North wood watch shows hourly markers, second markers, and has luminescent hands on an octagonal face. It is made from 100% recycled butternut wood with stainless steel crown and clasp. All Tense Watch pieces are hypoallergenic, adjustable in size and manufactured in Canada with Miyota Watch Movements from Japan.

Gift Cards from Ardene

Win one of five $100 gift cards from Ardene!
Ardene has all your outfit goals covered. Shop the latest trends, and get perfect mix and match deals. We’ve got it all – from clothing, footwear, accessories, and more. Gift certificates can be used at any of Ardene’s 400+ stores, or online at ardene.com.

1-year Digital Subscription to EcoParent Magazine

A magazine for families that want to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Published quarterly, EcoParent features food, fashion, books, travel, health & beauty, home & garden, and so much more!

The Land, an Adventure Play Documentary

Described as “a horror film for helicopter parents,” this new documentary about an adventure playground in Wales — that lets kids climb trees, light fires, and use hammers and nails — is an in-depth look at what enriched outdoor play really can be. More info here.

+ PLAYpals

April 6th 2017

$5,000

April 21st 2017

$2,500

April 6th 2017

$2,500

April 22nd 2017

$1,000

April 19th 2017

$1,000

April 11th 2017

$1,000

April 10th 2017

$1,000

April 5th 2017

$1,000

April 4th 2017

$1,000

April 3rd 2017

$1,000

April 25th 2017

$500

April 19th 2017

$500

Jackie Moore

April 27th 2017

$25.00

Jennifer Bowman

April 27th 2017

$50.00

Anonymous

April 27th 2017

$250.00

Thomas Haubenreisser

April 27th 2017

$50.00

Kate + Norah Co

April 26th 2017

$100.00

Jim Patterson

April 25th 2017

$100.00

Livy Jacobs

April 25th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 24th 2017

$50.00

Laurie K hearts Earth Day

April 23rd 2017

$10.00

Sara Laflamme

April 22nd 2017

$10.00

Ryan Strauss

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Monique et Bob

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Numbers and Company

April 22nd 2017

$100.00

Susan Markham-Starr

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Karen from Montreal

April 22nd 2017

$50.00

Aliraza Asrani

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

violetta

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

MM Boone

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Krista Legere

April 22nd 2017

$25.00

Guildford Park Green Team

April 22nd 2017

$50.00

Leanne Noble

April 21st 2017

$20.00

Kay Belk

April 21st 2017

$250.00

Anonymous

April 20th 2017

$50.00

Anonymous

April 20th 2017

$100.00

Krista@200thStreet

April 18th 2017

$50.00

Datenight Babysitting

April 18th 2017

$250.00

Dave Gwilliams

April 21st 2017

$100.00

Linda Thomson

April 21st 2017

$25.00

Kerstin

April 20th 2017

$25.00

Angela Del Buono

April 19th 2017

$25.00

Bronwyn Underhill

April 19th 2017

$100.00

nancy cox

April 19th 2017

$25.00

Bob Rogers

April 18th 2017

$250.00

Jan Hornford

April 18th 2017

$25.00

Bob McInnis

April 18th 2017

$10.00

Segway of Ontario

April 17th 2017

$100.00

Eric Stevenson

April 17th 2017

$300.00

Fragola Organic Baby Food

April 14th 2017

$125.00

Anonymous

April 8th 2017

$200.00

Victoria Lazier

April 7th 2017

$100.00

Andrew Holownych

April 5th 2017

$100.00

don

April 18th 2017

$100.00

Stefan Skogberg

April 5th 2017

$20.00

Anonymous

April 5th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 17th 2017

$10.00

Charlie Drummond

April 16th 2017

$25.00

Tio Uli

April 15th 2017

$25.00

Ian C

April 14th 2017

$25.00

Heather

April 14th 2017

$500.00

Amber Ellis

April 14th 2017

$25.00

Rae Brager

April 7th 2017

$10.00

Stuart lazier

April 7th 2017

$500.00

Nancy Doucet

April 7th 2017

$25.00

Pat Farquharson

April 6th 2017

$100.00

Anonymous

April 6th 2017

$250.00

Dawn Carr

April 6th 2017

$50.00

Academy of Culinary Nutrition

April 6th 2017

$250.00

Jade Armstrong

April 5th 2017

$50.00

Linda Naccarato

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Caro Lock

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Cristina

April 5th 2017

$25.00

Vicky Compton

April 5th 2017

$100.00

Anne

April 3rd 2017

$100.00

Paul Erlichman

April 3rd 2017

$25.00

Black Current Marketing

April 3rd 2017

$25.00

Vanessa F

April 1st 2017

$25.00

+ Schools

It’s Time to Reclaim Recess and Outdoor Play! We’re asking schools across Canada to #EarthPLAY for Earth Day this year…

Recess is often the only time kids have for outdoor play

For many children, recess, lunch and after-school hours are the only times available for outdoor, unstructured free play – this is something we all must protect and support!

To get educators and students involved in our #EarthPLAY for Earth Day campaign, we’re asking schools to host an extended recess or a full day of Adventure Play — every school that commits to this (by registering on our website by April 22nd) and sends us a photo or video of their outdoor play will be entered into a draw to win a custom Play Fest at their school.

To help, we’ve created a FREE Earth Day tool kit just for schools — you can find this and other resources on our Schools campaign page here.

+ Media

Members of the press seeking more information on our programs or campaign, and/or interviews with Earth Day Canada staff including President Deb Doncaster, are encouraged to contact our Director of Communications, Vanessa Farquharson, at vanessa@earthday.ca.

To use the Earth Day Canada logo, download campaign materials, get social media content and other promotional resources, please visit our Partners and Sponsors page!

Thanks to our Media Partners!

+ FAQ’s

Why is Earth Day Canada running a campaign to promote EarthPLAY?

Earth Day Canada wants to put self-directed outdoor play back into childhood. Our new EarthPLAY program brings enriched play opportunities to our parks, schools and neighbourhood streets; this promotes childhood development, health and wellbeing, connects the next generation to the environment, and supports the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects every child’s right to unstructured leisure time. Read more about the benefits of EarthPLAY at earthplay.ca.

What is an adventure playground?

A true adventure playground is a curated wild space dedicated to child culture, offering a wide variety of natural materials, upcycled loose parts, and various tools, supported by staff trained in playwork. An adventure playground provides opportunities for children to explore their inner nature and natural environment. The space itself is usually open, with few or no fixed play structures other than those built by the children themselves; there is often a permanent storage unit or “play pod” on-site to store loose parts. The playworkers have experience working with children, basic knowledge about construction and sound management skills — they help the children solve problems and assure their safety, without directing the play. The children decide what they want to do and plan how they will do it. From imagining it to playing on it, they learn valuable skills and shape their own play space.

How is #Pledge4PLAY supporting adventure playgrounds in Canada?

Both the City of Calgary and the City of Toronto are currently interested in piloting adventure playgrounds; Earth Day Canada is supporting these efforts through research, programming and advocacy. We are also committed to supporting new and growing local adventure play organizations across the country and are developing these relationships now.

Can I host my own EarthPLAY for Earth Day event?

Yes, get outside and and bring adventure play to your local park with loose parts! Download our FREE EarthPLAY Tool Kit to learn how. Then, upload your event to our Events calendar and promote it to your network of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours.

How else can I get involved in Earth Day this year?

You’re invited to share your favourite #PLAYmemory with us on social media! Think back to when you were growing up, to when you played with your friends playing on the street until it got dark; when you had a favourite climbing tree in a nearby ravine; or when you got soaked playing Capture the Flag in the rain. Tell us what made it memorable, why you had so much fun, or even how it shaped who you are today! If you have an old photo of yourself from this time, even better — we’ll be sharing some vintage photos of our staff and their play memories, and we’ve got some Canadian celebrities planning to reveal theirs, too. Just use these hashtags: #PLAYmemory and #ED2017, and don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter (@EarthDayCanada).

How can schools participate?

For Earth Day 2017, we’re asking schools to reclaim recess and the role of outdoor free play in the development of children across the country! Through our EcoKids program, we have developed a special tool kit for schools across Canada to demonstrate their support by committing to host an extra or extended recess or even a full day of adventure play during Earth Week (April 17 – 21). Participating schools can win a custom EarthPLAY Play Fest! Our experienced team will consult with staff beforehand to determine outdoor play needs, come in person to the winning school to host and facilitate an entire day of enriched play with loose parts and offer an introduction to our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program. Click here to register your EarthPLAY event anytime between April 1st and April 22nd.

When will I receive my charitable receipt for contributing to #Pledge4PLAY?

Earth Day Canada will be generating charitable receipts on a weekly basis, and will email them to donors directly. You will receive your charitable receipt via email no later than May 7, 2017.

PayPal won’t accept my payment. How do I participate in the campaign?

PayPal has issues with some credit card payments, which they are hoping to resolve soon. While they work on it, feel free to send an email to info@earthday.ca with the pledge level you’d like to select, and Earth Day Canada will issue you an invoice manually.

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  • 1 chance to win from the Prize Pool
  • Your name on Pledge4PLAY PLAYpal list

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  • 4 chances to win from the Prize Pool
  • Charitable receipt for $25
  • Your name on Pledge4PLAY PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account

Pledge $50

  • 10 chances to win from the Prize Pool
  • Charitable receipt for $50
  • Your name on Pledge4PLAY PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account

Pledge $100

  • 1 chance to win the Grand Prize
  • 15 chances to win from the Prize Pool
  • Charitable receipt for $100
  • Your name on Pledge4PLAY PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account

Pledge $250

  • 4 chances to win the Grand Prize
  • 35 chances to win from the Prize Pool
  • Charitable receipt for $250
  • Your name on Pledge4PLAY PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account

Pledge $500

  • 10 chances to win the Grand Prize
  • 75 chances to win from the Prize Pool
  • Charitable receipt for $500
  • Your company name and logo on our PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account

Pledge $1,000

  • Charitable receipt for $1000
  • Your company name and logo on our PLAYpal list
  • A shout-out on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account
  • A Facebook post on Earth Day Canada's Facebook page

Pledge $2,500

  • Loose parts collection at your company to support POP-UP adventure playgrounds
  • Your company name and logo on our PLAYpal list
  • Three custom tweets on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account
  • A Facebook post on Earth Day Canada's Facebook page

Pledge $5,000

  • Sponsor an EarthPLAY POP-UP adventure playground in your community
  • Your company name and logo on our PLAYpal list
  • Three custom tweets on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account
  • A Facebook post on Earth Day Canada's Facebook page

Pledge $10,000

  • Host a custom POP-UP adventure playground for your employees and their families
  • Your company name and logo on our PLAYpal list
  • Three custom tweets on Earth Day Canada's Twitter account
  • A Facebook post on Earth Day Canada's Facebook page