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!

Why Does Outdoor Play Matter?

Remember how you played as a child?

Did you spend a lot of time outside, building forts, climbing trees, inventing new games and get your hands dirty, without any grownups interfering?

This type of play is rapidly disappearing from our world.

Why does Earth Day Canada care so much, and why should you?

Because kids who don’t get outside, who aren’t stimulated by their environment, won’t grow up with any motivation to protect our planet. And kids who don’t connect to their inner nature through creative play won’t be as resilient as generations before them.

That’s why we’re dedicating this year’s campaign to outdoor play. There are lots of different ways to get involved — you can start by scrolling down this page!

Hear it from David Suzuki!

Watch our video about EarthPLAY!

How YOU Can Make a Difference!


The cornerstone of our campaign is the Pledge4PLAY crowdfunding platform, which will raise money to help fund Canada’s first Adventure Playground. Earth Day Canada received a grant to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a pilot phase of a new adventure playground in Toronto this year.

Your donation will support adventure play across Canada by:

  • Allowing for more EarthPLAY POP-UP Adventure Playgrounds, giving more children from all backgrounds the opportunity to engage in meaningful outdoor play
  • Providing additional funding to local adventure play groups and organizations in cities across Canada

When you make a donation, you’ll be eligible to win a trip to the world-renowned adventure playground in Berkeley, California (details to come).

Watch for the launch of Pledge4PLAY at on APRIL 1st.

Share Your #PLAYmemory With Us!

Think back to when you were growing up, to when you stayed out 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 the hashtags #PLAYmemory and #ED2017.

Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter.

Ideas for How to Get Outside and Get Playing!

Are you looking for a new outdoor activity to try? Something besides the usual organized sports or exercise routines? The folks at ParticipACTION asked people across Canada to submit ideas and vote for what they felt should be included in the ultimate “Play List”.

Now, the official 150 Play List is live — register and try to check as many activities off the list as possible before the end of 2017! Our favourite ideas are:

Want to get outside and play on your street?

Or bring some adventure play with loose parts to your local park?

Stay tuned for our free EarthPLAY Tool Kits, which will be available here for download soon!

March for Science

Our campaign is focused on cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders, but there is plenty for the current generation to do, too, when it comes to ensuring the dialogue around climate change continues.

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 (Coming March 1st)!