Outdoor Play-Based Learning: A Learning & Unlearning Fall Course

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Outdoor Play-Based Learning: A Learning & Unlearning Fall Course

October 16 @ 5:00 pm - November 13 @ 6:00 pm

$90.00 – $120.00

Course Description:

In the last ten years, we have seen a groundswell in outdoor and nature-based preschools and an abundance of outdoor play-based learning programs situated on or near school grounds across North America. The possibilities for play are endless, yet the challenges many educators face are equal in measure. It is important to think through our intentions within outdoor programs and understand the structures and engrained ways of thinking that have made them so necessary.

We believe that when children learn through outdoor play, there are infinite opportunities to learn and unlearn, in other words, to grow and to let go. Likewise, as educators adopt a playful mindset, there are endless opportunities to learn and unlearn pedagogical and systemic practices that no longer serve our aim for a just world.

Our shared wonderings: What is possible in outdoor play-based learning? How can we keep ourselves from reproducing our indoor challenges outdoors? What is the role of the educator in play-based learning? What practices invite self-agency and freedom? What do interactions between educator and child look like in outdoor play-based learning? Lastly, how do we explore outdoor play-based learning from a reflective, anti-oppressive, liberatory lens?

This 6-part virtual series invites educators and play practitioners to wonder and uncover our assumptions and expectations for play. We will work towards collective transformation through outdoor play-based learning by weaving together research, practical experience, individual reflection and insights for a playful future.


  • Monday, October 16th
  • Monday, October 23rd
  • Monday, October 30th
  • Monday, November 6th
  • Monday, November 13th
  • Monday, November 20th

Times: 4 pm Pacific, 7 pm Eastern

Recordings will be made available for registrants, in the event you are unable to attend any.

Duration: 75 Minutes

Cost: Between $90-120, depending on what you can afford 🙂

Group / Organization Registration: We offer 10% off for groups of 10 or more who register together. You can use this discount code at checkout: play10

All registrants will receive a $10 discount code to access excellent Outdoor Learning Tools & Resources

Margaret Fraser (she/her), Codirector Metalude 
Fraser’s belief in the necessity of children’s participation and play has led her to contribute to several child-, family- and play-centred organizations in her community. Most notably, in 2013, she founded The Lion and The Mouse, where she developed innovative child-centred urban outdoor play programs. In her nearly ten years as general director, she became immersed in both the theoretical and practical considerations for supporting children’s right to the city.Fraser then shifted her focus to adults, encouraging them to think critically about their vision of childhood through a lens of access and equity. She began this work as a trainer and presenter with The Lion and The Mouse, then as a facilitator with the Child Nature Alliance of Canada and now carries it forward in her work with Metalude.Fraser’s experience is informed by her education in community economic development, organizational development and critical disability studies.
Marnie Power (she/her), Executive Director Playful Mindset: M.Ed [in completion], B.S.W., Registered Social Worker

Marnie Power is renowned for her work in outdoor, play-based learning. She’s a committed speaker and thought leader who founded and led several ground-breaking organizations in recent years, including the Ottawa Forest and Nature School, Forest School Canada, and Playful Mindset.Marnie is a registered social worker and has just completed her Master’s of Education, where she conceptualized a pedagogical framework for outdoor play-based learning. She is committed to children’s mental health and supporting children and families who’ve experienced adverse childhood experiences. She loves working with children and their caregivers and practitioners who work with and support children on the ground every day.


October 16 @ 5:00 pm
November 13 @ 6:00 pm
$90.00 – $120.00




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Regular Registration for Outdoor Play-Based Learning Series
$ 120.00
Slightly Subsidized Registration for Outdoor Play-Based Learning Series
$ 110.00
Moderately Subsidized Registration for Outdoor Play-Based Learning Series
$ 100.00
Heavily Subsidized Registration for Outdoor Play-Based Learning Series
$ 90.00