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 to raise money for adventure playgrounds across Canada.

Lots of great prizes can be won, including the grand prize, a family vacation to the world-renowned adventure playground in Berkeley, California (details to come APRIL 1st).

What is an Adventure Playground? It’s a curated wild space dedicated to child culture with a variety of natural materials and upcycled loose parts, supervised by trained playworkers. The children decide what they want to do and how they will do it. Using tools and their imagination, they effectively build their own playground.

Why does Adventure Play matter? Learn more at our EarthPLAY for Parks page!

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 these 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!

EarthPLAY for Earth Day Tool Kit

Want to get outside and host your own EarthPLAY for Earth Day event?

Bring adventure play to your local park with loose parts!

Download our FREE EarthPLAY Tool Kit to learn how.

March for Science

Our 2017 campaign is focused on cultivating the next generation of environmental leaders through outdoor play. It only takes one look at an EarthPLAY event to understand how our programs foster ingenuity, discovery, experimentation, invention, engineering — play is science in action.

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!