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Canada's Child and Nature Movement


Canada's Child and Nature Movement

Hosted by the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, this is a space for sharing and networking around the child and nature movement in Canada.

Website: http://www.childnature.ca
Location: Canada
Members: 30
Latest Activity: Oct 10, 2017

Across the US, the Children and Nature Network has established a strong following of grassroots leaders. There is wonderful work happening across Canada as well! We are working with Rich and the C&NN team to mobilize the movement in our own Canadian context. We hope that this C&NN Connect platform provides a useful space to help us collaborate as Canadians part of a global movement!

Discussion Forum

What's working in Canada? 5 Replies

We all know that as Canadians we do things differently than our friends to the south - but sometimes those differences are very subtle.  In your work to connect kids with nature, what challenges and…Continue

Tags: Canada

Started by Becs Hoskins. Last reply by Katharina Stieffenhofer Mar 10, 2011.

Indoor Parks?

I was fascinated (and slightly horrified) to read this article about an indoor park in Manhattan. Introduces all sorts of questions! :…Continue

Started by Shirley Hunt Jan 17, 2011.

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Comment by Ken Schmaltz on October 19, 2012 at 9:08am

Suz, the production company's website says it's going to be on Omni in Alberta in November, but there's no date. Nature's Invitation

On many of the hikes, scrambles and snowshoes I lead for the Calgary Outdoor Recreation Association I'm the only person who was born in Canada. On my last foray up Mt. Murray, there was a couple who immigrated from Poland, a Ph.D. student from Russia, an Iraqi and only two other people born in Canada. In my experience, people born here either take the Rockies for granted and/or harbor more fear of them (mountain lions and ticks and bears, oh my!) than those who come from elsewhere and choose to make Canada home.

Comment by Suz Lipman on October 19, 2012 at 8:40am

Thought this might be of interest -

A new documentary, "Nature 's Invitation", explores wilderness through Canadian immigrants' eyes and features Parks Canada, Richard Louv, Robert Bateman and others.  It just aired on Ontario TV. I'm wondering if anyone has info about future screenings.


Comment by Mark Yearwood on September 25, 2012 at 7:42am
Hello Everyone!
I am excited to introduce to you Kids In the Woods Initiative--K.I.W.I. As Founder & Executive Director of K.I.W.I., I hope that we can count on your support!  Please visit our Fundraising Campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/KIWI-fund?a=1209704
Kids In the Woods Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting children and youth to nature through adventure-play and mentoring in natural and wild outdoor spaces. Through year-round programming in Toronto's Rouge Valley Park, K.I.W.I. will take participants on a journey of "discovery from the outside in."
Why support K.I.W.I. ? 
There is a growing body of scholarly research that has linked a lack of play in natural outdoor spaces within child and youth populations to increases in diabetes, depression, obesity, poor academic performance, attention difficulties, as well as aggression and stress.  Collectively, these negative outcomes have been referred to by the best-selling author Richard Louv, in his book Last Child in the Woods, as "Nature-Deficit Disorder".  The research calls for one prescription: regular time spent playing in nature! 
In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, nature play can help increase self-esteem, self-discipline, and provide benefits for psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being.
With your support, together we can make the Kids In the Woods Initiative a resounding success for children & youth in Toronto & the GTA as they go on a journey fulfilling our motto of  "Discovery From the Outside In"!  
How Can You Help?
K.I.W.I. has launched a fundraising campaign with Indiegogo.com to help fund our innovative programming.  In recognition of your financial support, your name will be listed on our website in our "Tree of Discovery" at one of three levels.  Your kind donation of $25 will make you one of our "Budding" donors, while a donation of $100 will make you a "Spring Leaf" donor, and a donation of $1000 will make you a "Founding Branch" donor. http://www.indiegogo.com/KIWI-fund?a=1209704
If financial support is not something you can offer right now, please help us spread the word about K.I.W.I. by telling everyone you know about this project.  Don't forget to share this campaign using your social networks. 
Thank you for your time, consideration and support!
Mark Yearwood
Founder & Executive Director
Kids In the Woods Initiative
~discovery from the outside in~ ™
Comment by Suz Lipman on July 18, 2012 at 5:30pm

Hi Everyone,

Richard Louv is going to be on CTVs Canada AM show tomorrow morning at 8:05 AM ET discussing nature-deficit disorder!

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 7, 2012 at 8:33am

News from Canada!

Ontario Parks "Learn to Camp" program attempts to combat nature deficit disorder: 


Comment by Suz Lipman on April 11, 2012 at 12:41pm

Thought you might be interested in this news from Canada:

Canadian Outdoor Classroom Projects Compete for $20K Prize for Addressing  Nature-Deficit Disorder.


Comment by Suz Lipman on November 21, 2011 at 9:25am

This Victoria, Canada, Kindergarten takes to the woods each morning, rain or shine:


Comment by Suz Lipman on October 31, 2011 at 11:16am

Hi There! Thought some of you might be interested in (or already be aware of)  this great story from Canada:


Cross-Canada runner wants kids to go outside:



Comment by Becs Hoskins on July 22, 2011 at 10:49am
We're working hard to bring health professionals into the conversation about reconnecting with nature. Join us for the Healthy by Nature Forum in Vancouver, BC September 20-23 for this multi-sector dialogue and action planning conference. Keynote speakers include: Dr. William Bird, Dr. Frances Kuo, and Gil Penalosa. www.healthybynature.ca 
Comment by Katharina Stieffenhofer on March 7, 2011 at 8:56pm
there are so many ways to re-connect children with nature - and growing food sustainably is just one of them -  a win-win situation that also addresses community food security/sovereignty, community health, chronic disease prevention and environmental improvement...lets have a garden in every school and grow healthier communities in the process!

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