Earth Week is an annual reminder of how important it is to celebrate our beautiful planet and do our part to protect it for future generations.
It’s also a timely reminder of how essential it is to instill a love – and respect – of the outdoors in our children. It’s something we can’t start too early.
Recent research shows that if you give kids (aged five to ten) an immersive experience in nature, it will lead to a lifelong love for the environment and a sense of stewardship for the earth. You’ll also likely produce more creative thinkers!
Algonquin Provincial Park Biologist Alison Lake offers these tips on how to raise environmentally conscious kids in an increasingly urban and regulated world:
Continue reading How to raise environmentally conscious kids
Congratulations and job well done to all of those who participated in the first 30×30 Nature Challenge with Ontario Parks!
More than 600 people embarked on the 30×30 challenge this August. We loved tuning in to social media to see how #30x30Challenge-ers spent their 30 minutes every day!
Continue reading 30×30 Challenge complete!
Each park celebrated Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day in its own unique way. Take a look at our gallery of HPHP events to find out how your favourite park made the day special.
Continue reading Did you miss #HPHP Day?
Did you know that being regularly immersed in a natural setting – whether park, wetland or woodlot — boosts immunity while reducing blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels?
It’s time to make nature a habit!
Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days. Continue reading Make nature a habit with Ontario Parks’ #30x30Challenge checklist!
Are you affected by any of these symptoms?
- Always tired
- Constant headaches
- Toss and turn all night
- Aches and pains
- Just can’t turn your frown upside down
Continue reading Let nature be your cure
Have we got the cure for that!
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.
His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.
Continue reading Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?
Ontario has had one of the coldest winters on record with ridiculous amounts of snow and frigid temperatures so getting outside to exercise has been a challenge for most of us. Still, if we could only push ourselves to get outside and move … feel the sun shining on our skin, the breeze blowing through our hair, the sights and sounds of nature guiding us, we would actually start to feel better. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
A multitude of recent studies from around the world show that exercising outdoors is like winning the health lottery. We simply feel better “taking it outside.” So the next time you’re tempted to walk or jog on the old treadmill, think twice and maybe head outdoors. You will really feel better for it!
Continue reading Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Why outdoor exercise really is better for you
Have you ever considered the extent to which parks can play a role in your health? People place a high value on parks (and other protected areas) for good reason, they help protect Ontario’s vast diversity of plants, animals and their habitat, as well as the environment. But more and more, parks around the world are being recognized as landscapes that deeply touch our collective spirit. Continue reading Here’s to your HEALTH!