Restoring unstructured,

outdoor play in your community.

Events

Designate your donation towards a specific event in your area.

Schools

Help fund a Schools on the Move program in your school.

General

Give towards our general MOVRS Foundation funds.

The importance of unstructured,

outdoor play

Physical

Frequent outdoor play helps children build strong bones, improve cardiovascular endurance, and promote muscle development. Movement on the variety of surfaces that the natural environment presents also allows kids to strengthen their balance and coordination.

Mental

Unstructured, outdoor play has a tremendous amount of mental benefits for children including increased resilience and self-confidence. The flexibility allowed in an unstructured vs. structured setting provides kids with opportunities to be creative, problem solve, and apply higher-order thinking skills.

Social-Emotional

Nature play nurtures a calm and peaceful environment for children to interact with one another. They stumble upon new discoveries, and create interactions with each other they may not have been possible indoors. They embrace the wonder of the outdoors, and share that wonder with one another.

Our Team

Brian Lang

Executive Director

Brittany Lang

Director of Programs and Activities

Samuli Pentinniemi

Director of Training

Joonas Niemi

Director of Research

What We Do

Provide financial support to programs seeking to increase opportunities to for unstructured, outdoor play.
Educate communities on the importance of unstructured, outdoor play in kids’ lives.
Advocate for change in the public school system so that ALL children have opportunities during their school day for unstructured, outdoor play.

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Our Friends

Nature Kin

We exist to help you KIN-NECT the children in your life with the awe and wonder of the natural world!

Schools on the Move

Finnish Schools on the Move is a national action programme aiming to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical activity during the school day. More than 90% of municipalities and of comprehensive schools (2 116 schools) are involved in the programme.

MOVRS Functional Fitness Class

In the Rochester, NY area? Looking for opportunities to get your kids active?

The MOVRS Functional Fitness class is a play-based physical activity class for ages 5-12 designed to teach your child fundamental movements (throwing, kicking, climbing, etc.) in a fun and engaging way. Each class will consist of a warm up, skill, game, and open play. Some classes we will be playing tag games and others we may be climbing the ropes. Come let your child fall in love with physical activity and burn off some extra energy at the same time!

Classes are held Wednesdays from 7-8pm

Location:

Xcelerated Athletics

40 State St. Suite F, Rochester, NY 14612