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.

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

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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 Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:48pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link:

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Suz Lipman on November 13, 2013 at 6:18pm

Really exciting things are happening in the children and nature movement in Canada. Read this new blog: MAY THE FORCE OF NATURE BE WITH YOU: Ontario Launches the Children's Outdoor Charter, the first of Its kind in Canada.

Comment by Suz Lipman on July 17, 2013 at 9:36am

From Maclean's: Schools across Canada are adopting programs that get kids outside to learn, even in the rain.

Comment by Suz Lipman on June 12, 2013 at 1:48pm

The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, B.C., Canada is open! Bateman, a popular wildlife artist, hopes to help people reconnect with the outdoor world that he spent his life documenting and seeking to protect.

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 3, 2013 at 8:47am

Great story from the Globe and Mail featuring the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada and the work they and others are doing to help stem nature-deficit disorder. They are seeing results!

Comment by Suz Lipman on April 12, 2013 at 8:22am
The David Suzuki Foundation is Heading a Plan to Turn Toronto’s Ward 19 into Canada’s Largest "Homegrown National Park". The idea sprang from Richard Louv's book, "Last Child in the Woods".
Comment by Kari on October 19, 2012 at 11:27am

Yes you are lucky to live in Alberta (-: ,I thought it is strange to hear this about Calgary I do know quite a few family outdoors bloggers in Calgary they also do outdoor playgroups, they are both women and are into wilderness too.

 I love wilderness escape, but I also enjoy urban nature as well and thinks small adventures lead to big adventures.


Comment by Ken Schmaltz on October 19, 2012 at 10:32am

We're lucky in Calgary. In an hour you can be in Banff National Park, Kananaskis Provincial Park and a number of parks and recreational areas  on the prairies. Within an hour and half and you're in Kootenay and Yoho National Parks, Midland Provincial Park (badlands with dinosaur bones everywhere!)...three hours and you're in Jasper and Waterton National Parks, Dinosaur Provincial Park (more dinosaur bones and a UNESCO World Heritage Site)...Although picnics in both urban and rural parks are definitely a way of experiencing nature, my interests lie in wilderness experiences. There's something about arriving at a remote trailhead, stepping out of the car and back into the food chain that the caveman deep in my genetic memory needs. Having been hiking in the backcountry for three years now, that part of boys' (12 and 8) DNA has been activated as well. In general, I find that most people in Calgary want to go into the moutains, but the people born here don't make it a priority or have had overhyped dangers like bears and avalanches pounded into them to the point that they think death is lurking in the mountains around every corner of the trail. Immigrants--whether Pakistan or Paris, China or the Czech Republic--seem to better appreciate what their new home has to offer and make the effort to explore the mountains. Some do it in extended family or cultural groups at nearby picnic areas such as Elbow Falls, and others do it on backcountry trails. However they do it, the important thing is that they're doing it.

Comment by Kari on October 19, 2012 at 10:04am

Interesting comment Ken. I'm also an immigrant to Canada.

However I feel that many of the National Parks in Canada is not so accessible for people, and is more for special outdoor  interested people. As from a similar country as Canada when it comes to nature. I'm not used to all the driving involved to visit a park and have to pay for the visit. We just drove 14 hours one way to Puksawa National Park for a camping and hiking trip.

I feel  camping is a strong tradition for Canadians. But for me you do not need to do camping to be connected to nature.I did not grew up with car camping, but grew up with Friluftsliv and back country cabins.

I do not like documentaries like this as I feel many immigrants (I think we talk more about visible immigrants then European immigrants here)do use the outdoors but maybe do not do camping.But they use the close by nature for picnics in the parks, know about foraging and do a lot of gardening. That is outdoors too.

Comment by Suz Lipman on October 19, 2012 at 9:16am

Hi Ken, Thanks for the information about the film. It's also great to hear your take about local nature and culture in Canada. I wonder if that matches most places, in that locals either take their surroundings for granted or are overly fearful of them. (I suspect it does.) Either way, they're not getting out in them!


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