Year-round outdoor activity builds healthy bodies, healthy minds and puts smiles on faces!
Schools on Snow – Ontario values the importance of enjoying the outdoors during the winter season across the school day. From teaching students about the history of the land they are on to helping them build connections with the world around them — learning and playing outdoors is endless!
This winter consider taking a lesson outdoors and use the natural environment to expand student learning, as well as embrace the winter experience!
The following are resources and supports available for educators to provide outdoor learning all year long!
Ontario Physical Health Education Association
Beyond the Walls: Activities for the Outdoors supports elementary and secondary educators in using outdoor spaces safely and effectively. Includes resources for students to observe, explore and appreciate nature as they reflect on the benefits of being physically active.
Outdoor Education Toolkit promotes a culture of safety-mindedness, increase teacher and student awareness, confidence and preparedness about outdoor safety and risk management.
Ontario Association for the support of Physical & Health Educators
OASPHE members can access resources to support students with active and healthy living, movement competence and curriculum support for both indoor and outdoor settings in the Resources section on their website.
Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter
The Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter aims to get children outside to discover the wonders of nature. Spending time outdoors is essential to every child’s development, health and well-being. It builds a connection to our rich natural and cultural heritage. Kids connected to nature grow up caring for the Earth and helping to conserve biodiversity. Check out the Teacher Toolkit on their website for outdoor activities, tips and links to other outdoor education resources.
In Ontario, every child should have the opportunity to:
A province-wide initiative by the Ontario Snow Resorts Association (OSRA) in partnership with the Canadian Ski Council to expand access to Ontario’s snow resort activities to all students. To support educators and students with school trips we are providing Ontario curriculum-aligned lesson plans, links to education initiatives and strategies/resources for removing barriers to access.
Ontario Snow Resorts AssociationP.O. Box 575, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4E8Tel: 705-443-5450 | Email: [email protected]
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