Welcome to the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada

We foster meaningful connections with the outdoors for children and youth. 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 with nature through policy, research, and practice.

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October 25, 2017

Profile of a Forest and Nature School: Nature Connect & the Kitchener Forest School

by Petra Eperjesi, Manager of National Programs, with Rebecca Seiling and Josh Shea of the Kitchener…
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September 19, 2017

When Adult Perceptions of Risk Result in Real Bans on Children’s Play

Written by: Marlene Power, Executive Director, Child and Nature Alliance of Canada   Remove rocks,…
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August 18, 2017

The Time We Put Chalk in the Fire

By Petra Eperjesi, Manager of National Programs I’m squishing a waterlogged piece of sidewalk chalk…
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July 20, 2017

A couple more reasons to get outside to play

by Sonja Lukassen, Lead Educator and Manager Regional Programs, Ottawa Forest and Nature School It all…
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Our Program Areas

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Forest School Canada
Supporting quality practice in play and learning in nature.
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Ottawa Forest and Nature School
Providing community and school-based programs in play-based learning in nature in the National Capital Region.
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Natural Leaders Alliance
Building a national nature leadership program for youth by youth.
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Professional Learning Opportunities

Forest School Canada is the flagship educational project of the Child and Nature Alliance. We provide evidence-based, practical, and inspiring professional learning opportunities for everyone interested in supporting the healthy development of children through play and learning outside.

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