The Risk of keeping kids indoors


Forest School Canada mission is to foster rich learning experiences, ecological literacy, and healthy living by connecting children to nature through the use of the Forest School model in the early, primary, and secondary years. 

Read about Forest Canada Canada vision for all Canadian children to play and learn in local forests, creeks, meadows, prairie grasses, mountains, and shorelines with a wise and skilled educator who understands the power of play and child-directed learning and how this can contribute to a more sustainable world.

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Get out of their way and let them play

2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth 

The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth reveals that kids move more when they are outside and have some freedom to roam unsupervised. But, our tendency to constantly watch over them or keep them indoors to ensure they are safe from risk limits their opportunities for physical activity, endangering their long-term health.  Click here to read Highlighted Report

Additional Reports for parents on Outdoor Active Living

The ParticipACTION Report Card provides a comprehensive assessment of the current status of physical activity for children and youth in Canada.

For the first time, the Report Card takes a stand on play in nature and the outdoors—with its risks—and includes a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play. The statement was developed by the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (HALO-CHEO), ParticipACTION and a group of 12 other organizations, and was supported by over 1,600 stakeholders from across Canada and around the world.


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