Cancelled. Outdoor Play Space Assessment Tool

April 4, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Calgary, University Child Care Centre West Campus 3820 - 24 Avenue NW
Cost : 
$85.00 + GST includes Workbook (only available at this session, value $50)

CANCELLED. This event will be re-scheduled in the coming months. If you woud like to be kepts up to date on the next event, send me an email and I will add you to the list.

Assessing Outdoor Play Spaces …. What to look for and why

Children belong in outdoor play environments that connect with and celebrate their need for curiosity, experiential play and nature. Outdoors is a place that is intended to inspire children to think and wonder, to experiment, inquire and discover. Now, there is a need to design and assess outdoor play spaces to ensure that the space provides children with numerous opportunities to engage in rich and dynamic play experiences. This interactive workshop provides training in assessing outdoor play space designs for the varied experiential requirements necessary to support children’s curiosity, exploration needs, and options for wonderment, discoveries, and learning. Participants will examine space for a variety of features including:

  • Play Zones (five types)
  • Environmental Attributes (ten types)
  • Physical Movement
  • Adventurous Play
  • Challenging Play
  • Risk-Taking (six types)
  • Loose parts
  • Experiential play (nine types)

Participants will be introduced to the theory, followed by assessing a specific space using the assessment tool. This assessment tool was originally tested and validated in early child care settings but has also been used in public parks and schools. This NEW version of the assessment tool has been updated based on feedback from across the country.


Dr. Beverlie Dietze is a dynamic engaging presenter who always puts the learning of her participants first. You will come away from this session with the background knowledge AND the practical skills to improve outdoor spaces for the children you work with.

Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the Director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College. She is the lead researcher for a variety of national and a local research projects that focus on advancing children’s outdoor play through training and environmental space designs. She is co-author of five textbooks related to play and children’s programming and has several peer-reviewed articles published on early childhood and adult education topics.



This workshop is a collaboration between the following three organizations:  


Funding note: PD funding for CDS is available through the AECEA for this workshop, you must apply before the event to qualify. PD funding for CDA and CDW is available through the Ministry of Human Services - Accreditation Funding.  


Questions? Contact Christina Pickles at or 403-998-4782