Take Me Outside Day | October 23, 2019

Mark your calendars and join schools and students across Canada to raise awareness about the importance of regular outdoor time!

It’s time to get outside Canada! We are a nation known for outdoor pursuits but the reality is, we are spending less and less time outside, including the kids. That’s a big shame on so many levels, not least because it’s taking a toll on our health and well-being.

Take Me Outside Day is a reminder to do just that. It’s an invitation to schools to extend the classroom beyond the four walls and engage with school grounds and natural areas for at least an hour at the end of October. This year Take Me Outside Day falls on October 23, 2019.

Since inception 9 years ago, more than 1 million students have participated in Take Me Outside Day. We hope to double our numbers in the next three years!

Why the end of October?

In 2011, Colin Harris, founder and Executive Director of Take Me Outside ran over 7,600 kilometres (the equivalent of 181 marathons!) from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC. Along the way, he visited 80 schools and met with almost 20,000 students, talking about the importance of finding balance between the amount of time they spend outside and the time they are spending in front of screens. The final day of his cross Canada run was in late October. To celebrate the end of his mega-run and to continue the momentum of awareness raising on this important issue, Take Me Outside Day was established. It is a day to highlight the importance of unplugging and spending time outside, being active and connecting with nature. It’s also a time to play and have fun in the fresh air. We hope you’ll join us.

How To Be Involved With Take Me Outside Day

We will share more details about how to get involved before the new school year begins. In the meantime, you can send us a quick note to and let us know ‘You’re in’.   That way we’ll be sure to be able to reach you with more info and reminders.

View Our Take Me Outside Day 2018 Summary

Download Take Me Outside 2018 Poster

Are you in or are you out? This is the official Take Me Outside Poster for 2018 available to you to print, distribute and e-mail.