Adventure playgrounds are curated wild spaces dedicated to child culture, offering a wide variety of natural materials, upcycled loose parts and tools, supported by staff trained in playwork. This model was established in the 1930s in Europe, and was introduced to Canada in the 1960s. As the trend toward programmed activities for children took hold in the 1980s however, adventure playgrounds were replaced by standardized playground equipment.
Earth Day Canada is part of a movement to re-establish outdoor, self-directed play opportunities for children and youth in parks and public green spaces across Canada. Our ParkPLAY POP-UP Adventure program is informed by the history of adventure playgrounds, including: