Sat, Sep 19 | Online Workshop

Urban Nature: Designing accessible programs for the city

Join Seth Kipavare (Ottawa local with experience as an outdoor playworker) and Caylin Gans (Nature-educator and creator of Forest Schooled) for an interactive workshop on how we can work to break down barriers people face in accessing nature in urban spaces.
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 Urban Nature: Designing accessible programs for the city

Time & Location

Sep 19, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Online Workshop

About the Event


Spaces are limited for this online workshop and you must be able to participate in the event. If you're unable to make it at this designated time, click here to pre-purchase access to a partial recording which will be posted after the workshop has taken place. Registration will close at 8pm EST Thursday September 17th, or when spaces are filled (whichever comes first). *Pay What you Can Option and Scholarships available for those who need it! Email for more info*

Workshop Description:

Working in urban settings brings a unique set of challenges when it comes to creating and delivering outdoor programs. Lack of access to “Nature” in cities is often cited as a barrier, and we know that access is about more than just proximity to natural physical spaces. Inability to spend time with the outdoors is also a result of deep-rooted racism in which those who are non-white often experience overt discrimination which threatens physical and emotional safety. This requires us to make thoughtful considerations for how we design programs in urban spaces with diverse communities.

Seth and Caylin will share what they’ve learned about developing programs that bring opportunities for outdoor play for children and families to the grass patches and rain puddles of urban neighbourhoods and how we can help create more accessible and inclusive opportunities for outdoor play and learning.

In the workshop, we’ll touch upon the following topics:

  • Working together with your community to design relevant programs
  • Considerations for working in publicly accessible sites
  • Reframing our ideas of what “Nature” looks and feels like in the city
  • Helping communities feel welcome and comfortable in green spaces
  • Restoring and enhancing spaces to inspire play

All workshop participants will receive access to an online platform with further information and links to additional resources related to designing programs with communities in urban places. This also includes a chat space where we can keep the conversation going!

Do you have specific questions about this topic? Those who register are invited to send in their questions in advance to

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