VOLUME 3, Issue 1, spring 2023

the outdoors: a space to grow

children find place and meaning within their natural environment

open up the umbrella

the power of nature to promote learning

Other articles featured in this issue


Reasons to Celebrate Spring

The Transformative Power of School Community Food Forest

Reawakening Deep Nature Connection While Rediscovering Play

The Power of Connection


And other FUN CONTENT:


Fun Spring Reading


Ask the Educator

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I always experience joy when I receive my copy of Play Outdoors. It is fresh, and has depth. I love the contributing writers’ expertise, and information, but most of all their passion for children’s experiences in nature. It is a seasonal delight!

Liz H

[The Play Outdoors magazine] is really beautiful with so many interesting articles. Don’t think me silly but I got emotional as I held it in my hand to read. It is such a treasure. You do so much wonderful work.

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I like the variety of voices:  academics, scholars, community members, educators; each voice has a unique offering, and each speaks passionately about outdoor play. I also appreciate the tangible ideas of how to bring more outdoor play to our unique contexts, no matter the

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The Play Outdoors Magazine: Exploring Outdoor Experiences in the Early Years was launched in March 2021.

The publication is devoted to sharing articles and ideas about the importance of outdoor play in the lives of children, from a variety of perspectives and writers.

Children who have exposure to nature and unique outdoor play experiences across the seasons have opportunities to connect with nature and thrive in their development in many ways.

This magazine is intended to be a resource for adults who influence children’s experiences, play, and learning.