Breath of Fresh Air

An Outdoor Play Summit for thought leaders to connect and share their passion for outdoor play

Breath of Fresh Air is a three-day Outdoor Play Summit where thought leaders, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers can connect and share best practices. 

This national outdoor play event takes place in an open air environment.  It will feature inspiring talks, hands-on workshops, and open conversations on the future of outdoor play in Canada and abroad. 

Breath of Fresh Air is organized by Outdoor Play Canada (OPC) in partnership with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Andrew Fleck Children’s Services.

OPC has a strong commitment to promoting and supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts in outdoor play. We commit to applying an EDI lens and a continuous improvement approach to our work, including the planning, organizing and launch of the Breath of Fresh Air Summit. This is in alignment with the action items identified within the Outdoor Play in Canada: 2021 State of the Sector Report priority on Advocating for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Outdoor Play.

Why Outdoor Play?

Outdoor play has many benefits for children’s growth and development – mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, and environmentally.

But play doesn’t end when you stop being a child. Play, and the many benefits it brings, is for everyone!

We are passionate about promoting, protecting, and preserving access to play in nature and the outdoors for all people.

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