The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada (CNAC) fosters meaningful connections with 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 with nature through policy, research, and practice.

We aim to have a deep impact on families and communities across the country. This is woven into all our key initiatives including: Forest School Canada, the major educational arm of CNAC; Thrive Outside, our online resource and learning hub; and our research and policy development efforts.

Our Staff

Our Facilitators

Our Board

Our Community Partners

Andrew Fleck Children’s Services

Canadian Child Care Federation

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario (CEPEO)

Ottawa Community Housing

Outdoor Play Canada


Wesley Clover Parks

Our Funders

Frank Cowan Insurance

Lawson Foundation

Ontario Trillium Foundation


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TD Bank Group