EarthPlay

This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday! Celebrations across the country are highlighting our great outdoors. At a time when most children spend less than an hour per day outside, we’re asking everyone to

EarthPLAY for Earth Day 2017: Connect to your nature!

Earth Day Canada Events

We are hosting three events in Toronto during Earth Week!

WHERE: Pendrith Ave, between Christie and Shaw
WHEN: 4 to 7 pm
For residents in Wards 19 and 20 participating in our pilot project.

Our kick-off event! Come celebrate the official launch of Earth Day Canada’s StreetPLAY pilot project, which seeks to open up local streets for free, accessible and safe play. This family-friendly event includes the opportunity to:

  • Join hockey legend Ken Dryden, city councillor Mike Layton and other advocates of street play for a friendly demonstration game of ball hockey.
  • Watch the ceremonial removal of the decades-old “Ball Hockey Prohibited” sign on Pendrith Ave.
  • Ride bikes, scooters and skateboards on a network of ramps, create a giant chalk mural, play hopscotch, and other fun games.
  • Enjoy free food, drinks and music, courtesy of our sponsors.

About the StreetPLAY pilot project: Building on the city’s commitment last year to lift the ban on ball hockey and other sports often played on residential streets, our Toronto-based pilot project will test a new permitting process from April 20th until October, 2017, on select streets within Wards 19 and 20. Find out more here.

A big thanks to our supporters!

Lead Sponsor

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WHERE: A local school in Toronto’s east end
WHEN: 9 am to 3 pm
Email us for more details

Our 2017 campaign for schools is all about reclaiming recess — making sure we allocate enough time and resources for enriched, inclusive play outdoors, regardless of the weather.

Earth Day Canada is in the midst of a pilot project to bring Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) to six diverse school communities within the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Our team is working with teachers, parents, administrators, daycare staff, and other educators to develop new play policies for outdoor time, including recess, lunch, before and after-school.

To help spread the word about our pilot project and SchoolPLAY initiatives, we are inviting members of the media to visit one of our pilot schools and watch OPAL in action — the kids will be enjoying a full day of Adventure Play to celebrate Earth Day; staff from the school and our EarthPLAY team will be available to answer questions.

Please email lindanacc@earthday.ca for more details.

WHERE: Trinity Bellwoods Park, between Queen St. W. and Dundas St. W., east of Crawford (north of the playground)
WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm

This is our main Earth Day event! Show your support for adventure play by bringing your little ones (and your not so little ones) to our “Wild About Canada” POP-UP Adventure Playground. This is a great demonstration of what our EarthPLAY program is all about — giving kids the opportunity to build, create, make-believe, get messy, invent, collaborate and take calculated risks.

This is also a chance to see up-close what an adventure playground looks like, and to better understand why Earth Day Canada is fundraising to bring permanent adventure playgrounds to parks.

Events Calendar

Looking for ways to get outside and have fun during Earth Month?
SEARCH our calendar for events happening near you!
Hosting your own Earth Day event? 
UPLOAD the details to our calendar in just a few easy steps!

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March for Science

If you can’t play for science this Earth Day, we hope you march for science. The dialogue around climate change must continue — this requires a deep, ongoing respect for the scientific community and its findings, at the highest levels of government.

The March for Science is happening this year on Earth Day (April 22nd), with the main event in Washington, DC, and satellite marches taking place in cities around the world, including Toronto, Ottawa, St. John’s and Edmonton.

To see if there’s a March in your city, check our events calendar!