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Hi there! Nice to meet you.

My name is Christina Pickles (yes, my real name and I will never change it!). I am an outdoor play advocate and founder of Get Outside and Play, an organization that ensures more outdoor play in early learning and care settings, schools, and communities through events, presentations, workshops, and consulting.

I have been supporting outdoor experiences with people of all ages for 20+ years and 8 years ago, I pivoted my work to put play at the centre of everything I do. I believe play is the best way children (and adults) connect with the land, their communities, their bodies and each other.

I live along the Bow River and Calgary Alberta and can be found walking my dog Clover or chasing after my adventurous 8 year old.

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EECOM In 2018, I was honoured to receive a national award from The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). This award recognized the Get Outside and Play program and the work I have done advocating for outdoor play and nature connection in the early years.

"Over the past 4 years, Christina has engaged over 800 educators in professional learning sessions in 10 communities, enabling 4000 children and 1500 adults to get outside to connect with nature and each other." -EECOM award

Sharing Outdoor Play

Supporting a wider conversation about the importance of outdoor play and nature connection has been an important part of my work. I take all opportunities to share this topic with anyone who will listen on podcasts, morning television and newspapers.


Inspired Minds Early Childhood Coaching and Consulting invited me to talk outdoor play on her very first podcast episode! Listen to it!


CBC Radio covered Get Outside and Play Week in 2017 and 2018. Highlighting the 262 rolls down the hill in 2018!


For three years, Get Outside and Play Week encouraged early childhood educators, parents and communities to celebrate outdoor play at the end of May. In 2017, the Calgary Herald covered one of our events. Read the article here.


For two years in a row, the CTV Morning Show featured Get Outside and Play Week. Here are the links from 2017 and 2018.


I have had two articles posted with Active for Life. If you don’t already follow them, add them! They share motivating content and ideas to get children and families active. How to Connect with your Neighbour Through Play and How to Dress for the Weather in Every Season.

Presentations and Conferences

I have had an opportunity to present outdoor play and nature connection workshops to local and international audiences including:

  • International Play Association Conference
  • Calgary City Teachers’ Convention
  • Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention
  • Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA)
  • The Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement (ARCQE)
  • Southwest Alberta Teachers’ Convention
  • Southeast Alberta Teachers’ Convention
  • Heart of the Provider Conference
  • Medicine Hat and District Child Care Association Conference
  • Grande Prairie Early Childhood Conference
  • Fort McMurray Early Childhood Conference
  • Mount Royal University - Guest speaker
  • Bow Valley College - Guest speaker

I would love to connect with you! Send me a note.