TMO Challenge

Join us to get more Canadians outside, active and connected to nature.

A connection to nature and time spent outside is invaluable to building optimal mental, emotional, social and physical health for every child and youth. Research supports the links between a child’s connection with nature and their health. Increased outdoor time can be directly connected to improved physical activity levels, higher academic achievement, decreased child injury rates, increased attention spans, positive social interaction and increased engagement at school, home and in the community.

For the first time in our history, today’s generation of Canadian children have a shorter predicted life span than their parents’ generation. Rates of obesity and diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions. Children and youth are spending more sedentary time indoors in front of screens and they are losing their connection with the outdoors and their communities. As communities, schools, parents, teachers and young people, we can make positive changes to these statistics.

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Schools

Students

Join thousands of students across Canada in the TMO Challenge: get outside, be active and connect with nature.

1. Pick A Category

2. Pick A Pledge, Or Write Your Own

3. Champion Your Pledge To Get People Outside

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is any activity you participate in while not in school. Examples could include riding your bike, skateboarding, running, exploring local trails, parks or going on a nature walk in your neighbourhood. Outdoor active play includes anything you like to do OUTDOORS!

 I commit to spending a ½ hour outside once a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside three times a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside five times a week.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning is time spent outdoors during school hours. Although you don’t always have control over what your teachers decide to do for class, you as a student body have more power than you may think!

 I commit to asking a teacher to take your class outside as part of a lesson. I commit to Start a nature program at lunch. I commit to starting a school garden project.

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is focused on the way you get to school, other than getting a drive or taking the bus

 I commit to walking to school 2 times a week. I commit to riding a bike to school 2 times a week. I commit to starting a Start a walking school bus at your school.

Full Name

Name of School

Email Address

Parents

Join hundreds of parents across Canada in the TMO challenge: get outside, be active and reconnect with nature.

1. Pick A Category

2. Pick A Pledge, Or Write Your Own

3. Champion Your Pledge To Get People Outside

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is any activity you and your family participate in while not in school or at work. Examples could include riding your bike, camping, hiking, running, going on a nature walk or anything you like to do OUTDOORS!

 I commit to spending a ½ hour outside once a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside three times a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside five times a week.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning is time spent outside during school hours. Including the outdoors in lesson plans and projects is an effective solution to increasing student focus, building positive social connections, decreasing bullying, improving academic performance and contributing to comprehensive school health.

 I commit to asking my child’s teacher to take their class outside as part of a lesson. I commit to encouraging teachers and administration to include outdoor education in its school goals. I commit to volunteer in an outdoor program happening in my child’s school

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is focusing on the way you get to work, other than driving or taking the bus.

 I commit to walking to work 2 times a week. I commit to riding a bike to work 2 times a week.

Full Name

Name of Child's School

Email Address

Teachers

Join hundreds of teachers across Canada in the TMO challenge: get outside, be active and reconnect with nature.

1. Pick A Category

2. Pick A Pledge, Or Write Your Own

3. Champion Your Pledge To Get People Outside

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is any activity you participate in while not in school. This is your opportunity to be a role model for your students.

 I commit to spending a ½ hour outside once a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside three times a week. I commit to spending a ½ hour outside five times a week.

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning is time spent during school hours. Including the outdoors in lesson plans and projects is an effective solution to increasing student focus, building positive social connections, decreasing bullying, improving academic performance and contributing to comprehensive school health.

 I commit to taking my class outside as part of a lesson. I commit to including a class day/overnight outdoor education/recreation trip in your yearly plan.

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is focused on the way you get to school, other than getting a drive or taking the bus. This is another opportunity to be a role model for your students.

 I commit to walking to work 2 times a week. I commit to riding a bike to work 2 times a week.

Full Name

Name of School

Email Address

Schools

Join schools across Canada who support outdoor active play, learning outside and active transportation to and from school. Each school has a unique opportunity to support the health and well being of our young people, our communities and our environment.

1. Pick A Category

2. Pick A Pledge, Or Write Your Own

3. Champion Your Pledge To Get People Outside

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play includes the participation of your students and staff in any activities outside while not in school. Examples include connecting with your local community trails or parks, building strong partnerships with local outdoor champions, enhancing your school yard to include natural play spaces, community gardens and supporting your community’s use of school yards. Outdoor active play includes anything you like to do OUTDOORS!

 I commit to building 1 partnership with a local outdoor organization I commit to enhancing our schoolyard to include naturalization or greening I commit to improving our communities’ use of our schoolyard to support use of the space before and after school

Outdoor Learning

Outdoor Learning is time spent during school hours. Improving your schools outdoor space to enable teachers to integrate the outdoors in lesson plans and projects is an effective solution to increasing student focus, building positive social connections, decreasing bullying, improving academic performance and contributing to comprehensive school health. Comprehensive school health includes getting our students outside, improving opportunities for higher activity levels and supporting the curriculum links that are possible through outdoor learning.

 I commit the school to starting a nature program at lunch I commit the school to Enhance the outdoor space around your school I commit the school to starting a school garden project

Active Transportation

Active Transportation focuses on the way your students and staff get to school, other than driving or taking the bus. Supporting walking or biking to school can improve the health of your students, contribute to stronger academic performance, reduce bussing costs, contribute to a healthier environment and contribute to injury prevention and congestion around your school.

 I commit the school to start School Travel Planning I commit to inviting a local active transportation group into the school I commit the school to include the benefits of active transportation in school newsletters I commit the school to start an Active & Safe Routes to School or Walking School Bus

Full Name

Roll at School
 Principal Vice-Principle Other (Please Put in Name Form)

Name of School

Email Address