Welcome to the Outdoor PLAYbook!

Thinking outside the classroom: transforming Canadian schoolyards into dynamic environments for learning, growing and playing.

As a “How-To Guidebook,” the Outdoor PLAYbook offers a selection of leading research and best practices for school grounds in the following areas: landscape architecture, sustainable design, economic and phasing strategies, child development, injury prevention, and outdoor educational opportunities.

Please note that any design decisions are subject to approval by your local school authority, such as the Vancouver School board, and the images and projects shown are for inspirational purposes only.

The Outdoor PLAYbook is an ongoing research project, and is continually being adapted and refined. If you have suggestions or comments, we would love to hear them.