About the Magazine

A message from Dr. Beverlie Dietze

The Play Outdoors Magazine: Exploring Outdoor Experiences in Early Learning was first published in March 2021. It was a new adventure for me, for our team, and for many of our contributors. We have truly enjoyed the challenge of creating a magazine that illustrates the importance of outdoor play for children of all ages and diversities in their play.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to our readers and advertisers for having the confidence in us to explore this resource. We look forward to continuing to provide a place to share stories and to contribute to our collective learning about outdoor play.

In each issue there will be articles from educators, practitioners, and researchers, along with ideas that might be used to spark children’s curiosity, play and exploration.

Watch for:

  • Reasons to celebrate the season
  • Provocations
  • Books and resources
  • Fun or cool facts
  • Reflection on and about practice
  • Recipes for children
  • And so much more.

Some of the topics that will be highlighted in upcoming issues include:

  • Designing spaces and places
  • Universal design in outdoor spaces
  • The magic of sticks and puddles
  • Creating maker space and STEM in the outdoors
  • The benefits of bugs
  • Outdoor spaces and places from an accessibility lens

Drop us an email and tell us what you would like to discover in upcoming issues.

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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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