Welcome to the New EcoKids

Inspiring Lifelong Environmental Stewards

We believe that outdoor play is an important pillar of environmental education. By fostering a meaningful connection to their local environment through outdoor play, children are more likely to grow into lifelong environmental stewards. Outdoor play also helps children develop the knowledge, skills, and characteristics needed to address larger environmental challenges such as climate change and sustainability.

Our mission and vision

Our vision is to grow happy and healthy communities across Canada. Our mission is to inspire children, adults, and communities to become environmental stewards through outdoor play and experiences.

Why is outdoor play important?

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It fosters environmental stewardship, agency, and leadership

It generates creativity and
stimulates innovation

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It strengthens social bonds, and builds equity and inclusion

It develops physical and
mental health and resilience

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Why is outdoor play important?

It fosters environmental stewardship, agency, and leadership

It generates creativity and stimulates innovation

It strengthens social bonds, and builds equity and inclusion

It develops physical and mental health and resilience

Our work is informed by the following

ParticipACTION Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play

Position

Access to active play in nature and outdoors—with its risks—is essential for healthy child development. We recommend increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors in all settings—at home, at school, in child care, the community and nature.

Every Child has the Right to

PLAY

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child