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Connecting kids to nature through play

Support bringing adventure playgrounds to Canada NOW with a donation to our #Pledge4PLAY campaign!

The objective of EarthPLAY is to put self-directed outdoor play back into the lives of children as a natural part of their day-to-day lives. EarthPLAY encompasses a broad spectrum of projects that address play provision in schools, childcare centres, parks, streets and other community green spaces, highlighting the importance of freely chosen outdoor play as a vital determinant of health and social wellbeing. We thank our core sponsor, TD Friends of the Environment Fund, for supporting the integration of EarthPLAY into Earth Day Canada.

Adventure play in action!

Watch how children of all ages have fun making their own playground!

Get a close-up look at our EarthPLAY POP-UP Adventure Playgrounds!

Why EarthPLAY?

  1. edc-leafIt fosters a meaningful connection to the environment. The more time children and youth spend playing in nature, the more likely they are to grow into adults who are motivated to protect it.
  1. 2015-ParticipACTION-Report-Card-279x300It promotes health and wellbeing. The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth calls for “an increased investment in natural play spaces in all neighbourhoods” and explicitly asks federal and provincial governments to find ways to improve children’s access to risky active play in nature and the outdoors.
  1. UN-logoIt’s a child’s right. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Canada in 1991, affirms children’s right to self-directed play and unstructured leisure time. It also highlights data showing that our children are suffering from a deficit of outdoor activity and play.

Our EarthPLAY programs reach into four key areas

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    EDC in the News

    What happens when Toronto takes the ‘play’ out of playground

    The Globe and Mail (May 19, 2017)

    EDC President Deb Doncaster weighs in on the need for an overhaul of Toronto’s playgrounds to incorporate more risk and creativity.

    Actions that make a difference – from divesting investments to educating the next generation

    The Globe and Mail (April 22, 2017)

    A special report on how EDC’s EarthPLAY program is creating the next generation of environmental stewards through outdoor, active play.

    Pilot project aims to make Toronto streets more child-friendly

    Metro (April 20, 2017)

    Deb Doncaster speaks with Metro about EDC’s new StreetPLAY pilot project and how it will bring neighbourhoods together.

    7 reasons why Canada needs more adventure playgrounds

    ParticipACTION (April 13, 2017)

    Not sure what an adventure playground is, or why Canada needs them? Here are just a handful of reasons showcasing their importance.

    Earth Day Canada brings self-direction back to playtime

    Collections (April 7, 2017)

    EDC’s Director of Communications explains why a traditional environmental organization is now getting elbow-deep in adventure play.

    Bringing Back Outdoor Play To Our Indoor Kids!

    EcoParent (April 5, 2017)

    An overview of our EarthPLAY program and how it aims to bring permanent adventure playgrounds into our local green spaces.

    Get in touch!

    For more information on the Outdoor Play and Learning Pilot Program or to inquire about hosting a POP-UP Adventure Playground, please email play@earthday.ca or call Earth Day Canada at 416-599-1991 and ask to speak with a member of our Play team.

    Our EarthPLAY team includes…

    Brenda Simon
    Director of Play Programs
    brenda@earthday.ca

    Linda Naccarato
    Play Programs Manager – OPAL Program
    lindanacc@earthday.ca

    Leila Barati
    Play Programs Coordinator
    leila@earthday.ca

    Jane Pilskalnietis

    Jane Pilskalnietis
    POP-UP Play Programs Manager
    jane@earthday.ca