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Connecting kids to nature through play

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 what adventure play in a school looks like, and hear what kids have to say about why they love it! This comes from the Parish School, a huge champion of child-directed, outdoor play.

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-CardIt 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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EarthPLAY in the News

CBC RadioHere and Now” with Gill Deacon

CBC-Radio (June 20, 2016)

Earth Day Canada’s Director of Play, Brenda Simon, speaks to CBC host Gill Deacon about her experience touring adventure playgrounds in Europe and what Canadians can learn from this.

Listen to the interview »

metroToronto councillor calls for more ‘adventure playgrounds’

Metro (June 10, 2016)

Earth Day Canada President Deb Doncaster speaks alongside local councillor Joe Cressy about the importance of creating opportunities for unstructured play in Toronto.

Read the article »

Come to an EarthPLAY POP-UP!

Saturday January 28th
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET.
Winter Campfire at Christie Pits
750 Bloor St West., Toronto


Find more details here!

Sunday February 26th
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET.
POP-UP Playground
70 Canuck Ave., Toronto

Find more details here!

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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

Linda Naccarato
Play Programs Manager


Leila Barati
Program Assistant

Hessam Saidali
Education Assistant