The earth is what we all have in common.
- Wendell Berry
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors is dedicated to fostering confident, caring, and empathetic future leaders who are connected to protecting their environment and their communities.
Compassion . Curiosity . Awareness . Gratitude.
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors offers play-based outdoor exploratory programs for children ages 2 to 10 in Toronto and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to creating a positive impact on our communities and the environment. Roots 2 Rise Outdoors gives children the opportunity to freely explore, to wonder and to let their imaginations run wild. Nature-based play is an antidote to screen time, something we all need more of especially at this time. Through child-led, child-directed play, each program offers opportunities for children to meet their own developmental needs, in their own time. Educators are able to observe where their edges are, providing support and encouraging growth.
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors values connection and self expression. Play allows children to process the world around them, helping them make sense of it. Self-directed play gives children multiple avenues to freely express themselves, releasing the stresses of the world around them. These programs offer open-ended creative experiences, providing children with opportunities to stretch their imagination, think critically and create, with unlimited potentials.
Our programs value risky play, the opportunity for children to tune into their bodies and listen to what feels comfortable and safe. Our educators help guide individuals/groups to make informed decisions about the risks they are confronted with, assessing critically the possible outcomes of their decisions. These types of experiences build confidence, self-reliance and motivation to eventually take that next step. Risky play encourages resilience and critical thinking, the opportunity to try again or find a new way, no pressure, no time limits.
Our trained educators build on programming week to week, they look for qualities of awareness, enthusiasm, health and vitality, rather than measuring a skill, or testing for information storage. Our educators are able to suspend their own agendas and take the lead of the group. They tune into what the children need, they listen closely to each story, watch for when their eyes light up, fostering those sparks of connection. Through careful observation they are able to nourish their growth, their natural curiosity of the world and the deep connection that they have with each other and the earth.
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors is dedicated to caring for the earth. By providing opportunities for connection, we are helping our future leaders make choices in taking positive action to protect something they are connected to. We follow Leave No Trace principles and are conscious about leaving the spaces we use better than we found them. We assess our use seasonally, and ensure that we show continuous respect and gratitude to the wildlife and creatures that inhabit the places that we visit.
What we love, we are likely to protect.
Diversity and Inclusion
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors strives to create an inclusive and diverse space for all children, staff and families. These programs take a non-clinical approach to positively impact mental health and wellness. If your child has any special accommodations or needs, we will be happy to discuss ways to best understand your child and how to support them in the program.
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors currently operates on the land we now call Toronto. As a small company who is dedicated to re-connecting children to nature, it is important for us to respectfully acknowledge the land and the Indigenous Peoples who have for many thousands of years occupied and cared for this land. We are committed to and are currently learning alongside Indigenous Peoples, understanding the ongoing impacts of colonization and residential schools. It is important for us to be leaders in the community by not only acknowledging that colonization is ongoing, but also how we can take effective action towards the truth and reconciliation commission. "Acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, reparation for the causes, and action to change behaviour. Reconciliation must inspire Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples to transform Canadian society so that future generations can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these shared lands." (Toronto.ca)
With respect and gratitude we acknowledge that the land that Roots 2 Rise Outdoors operates on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Roots 2 Rise Outdoors is dedicated to raising awareness about our cultural history. We are committed to continuously learning and taking effective and intentional actions towards contributing to inclusive and understanding communities.
We are all treaty people in Canada and it is up to all of us to uphold these values and put forward respect to the land. It is our collective responsibility to leave this land better than we found it.
Robyn Broudie has been working in the outdoors for over 10 years. She has spent many nights under the stars and has been drawn to exploring the wild places of the earth. Her many years of travels have taken her through exotic rainforests, snowy mountains, reef covered oceans, and stark desert dunes. Having studied Early Childhood Education, Robyn has facilitated and supervised numerous children's programs over the years. She has always had a passion for working with people and facilitating spaces for them to connect to the natural world. Her deep curiosity to learn more about human psychology and nature lead her to working in the field of wilderness therapy. Her experience guiding backcountry expeditions and facilitating adventure therapy programs with vulnerable youth highlighted the incredible healing potential of the human connection and our vital need to sustain our innate relationship to the natural world.
Meet Robyn Broudie,
Founder of Roots 2 Rise
Robyn has had the opportunity to work in many roles to help develop various outdoor programs serving children and youth with specialized needs including Autism, ADD, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and addictions. She is always continuing to learn more about the field of Ecopsychology, which focuses on the relationship between human psychology and nature. Robyn is passionate about providing opportunities for children to explore the wild, and believes that these experiences are needed now more than ever.