Play. Learn. Outside!
We believe that all children and youth should have the opportunity to play and learn in forests, parks, meadows and mud puddles.
Welcome to the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada
The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada aspires to foster meaningful connections to the outdoors for children and youth. We believe that all children and youth should have the opportunity to play and learn in forests, parks, meadows and mud puddles.
We work to connect children and youth to nature through policy, research, and practice.
November 28, 2016
A couple of weeks ago – the night of the U.S. election, actually – a few of us from the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada/the Ottawa Forest and Nature School attended Richard Louv’s talk at the Canadian Museum of Nature...read on »
Why Active Play is Necessary in Making Kids Healthier
It’s a disturbing trend – more and more kids prefer to stay indoors to play video games or spend an unhealthy amount of time on the Internet. Those days when children would gladly do anything just to go outside for active play are almost gone.
Too much game time can be unhealthy. Melanie Holtzman via Flickr, Creative Commons
While it can be said that video games and the Internet can contribute to the mental development of your child, it can also take its toll on his/her physical and social health in the long run. Kids who stay inside the house most of the time tend to develop shyness problems and other issues when dealing with other children.
20th IPA Triennial World Conference
September 13, 2017 to September 16, 2017
The IPA has members in nearly 60 countries and has been working for more than 50 years to secure every child’s right to play and to promote healthy, high quality play opportunities and environments. Our Triennial World Conference will bring together dedicated play researchers, practitioners and advocates from around the globe to celebrate play, understand its many benefits and provide all children with the chance to engage in rich, meaningful, free play…every day.
C&NN International Conference and Summit
April 18, 2017 to April 21, 2017
in Vancouver, BC, Canada for inspiring keynotes, expertly-curated workshops, field trips and action labs designed to support and advance the work you do to connect children, families and communities to nature. Get the conversation going at #CNC2017