Everyone, from anywhere, is welcome to join us on the Pathway. Parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, youth leaders, or individual young people can get involved in this project that benefits any community. We’re all working together to build long-lasting health and resilience.
If you’re new to outdoor activities, you can pick up great ideas from others. If you’re a seasoned veteran, you can share your ideas and skills. Pathway Landmarks are a simple place to begin to build and sustain caring, connected communities.
Take a look at the Landmark pages to find lots of ideas for age-linked activities. Try one and take a photo that represents what you did. Then register and report what you’ve done in a few sentences and attach your photo. Submit, and presto – you’re part of the team!
We encourage families to include Landmark activities in your daily routines. When a range of ages participate in family activities together, everyone benefits – you can all learn from each other. When you register and report what you’re doing, you will see yourselves on our Family Leaderboard in the Activity Centre. Collect seasonal points, based on your efforts. Need ideas? See what others are doing. Need help? Check out the dropdown ‘Resources’ section for each Landmark on the website’s ‘Landmarks‘ page, and see the many helpful videos in our ‘Video Centre‘. We also hold periodic family workshops and special events on many different topics. Make sure you’re on our mailing list to hear all about them.
Families who submit reports are entered into our monthly draw. Every entry gives you a chance to win! Winners choose from a wide range of exciting $50 gift certificates from local businesses. (Note: draw prize winners must be Ontario residents.)
Want to see how your family is helping to reach our community goal of 10,000 Landmark activities by 2023? Check out the Goal Tracker page to see our Tracking Map and find your names on the Pathway Explorers dropdown list.
Schools, Early Learning Centres and Other Groups
Pathway Landmarks are linked to the Ontario Curriculum for each grade. They include opportunities for outdoor learning and for older grades, encourage community involvement and leadership skills.
Educators can register as a class or group to showcase what you’re doing and share ideas with others. Pick a team name and get started anytime! When you register and report what you’re doing, you will see yourselves on our School and Group Leaderboard in the Activity Centre. Collect seasonal points, based on your efforts. Need ideas? See what others are doing. Need help? Check out the dropdown ‘Resources’ section for each Landmark on the website’s ‘Landmarks‘ page, and the many helpful videos in our ‘Video Centre‘. We also hold periodic workshops for educators on many different topics. Make sure you’re on our mailing list to hear all about them.
*If your school or early learning centre is in the Peterborough, Ontario region, contact us to check
availability of additional supports listed below:
Support for Local Schools
- Consulting time with our amazing Outdoor Activity Consultants (see below) for advice, help with program planning or accessing resources
- Sharing of ideas for activities from educators working with similar age groups, through our ‘Activity Centre’ for schools and groups
- Access to a variety of support activities including on-site or virtual visitors and advisors such as naturalists and gardeners (may include bus subsidies for field trips once they are again permitted by School Boards)
- Notification of a wide variety of professional development opportunities throughout the year
Become an Ambassador School
If you can recruit at least four participating teachers at your school or Early Learning Centre, your school or centre could become a Pathway Ambassador for a year. This gives you priority access to many support services to help your group on your journey. In exchange, you agree to submit regular reports and may be asked to submit simple pre-and post program surveys.
To learn more about the Ambassador Program and sign up for the waiting list visit our Ambassador Page.
Meet our Fabulous Outdoor Activity Consultants!
Taking your group outdoors requires special planning, and we have the perfect people to help you build your skills and confidence. Our four Outdoor Activity Consultants have a wealth of specialized experience from years of working outdoors with children and youth.
Our outdoor consultants can help you with program planning, finding resources, offering guidance and connecting the curriculum with outdoor learning experiences. While they’re not intended to do programming for you, they are delighted to work with you to discover the rewards of being outdoors.
Win Monthly Prizes
Anyone who submit a report is entered into our monthly draw. Every entry is a chance to win! Winners choose a $50 gift certificate from a range of fabulous local businesses. Note: draw prize winners must be Ontario residents.
We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting to project.