Our mission

To create, encourage and advocate for spaces for child-led play.
We carry out this mission through a lense of empowerment and respect.

The Lion and the Mouse is a community organization that serves families in Montreal. Inspired by Playwork and Forest School principles, we bring our commitment to outdoor-based, child-led play through our diverse array of programs, workshops, training programs, and community events.

Since our beginnings in 2013, we have increasingly seen our mission as one of play advocacy, and serve as a community hub of programs designed to speak to the need for play. We do this in varying local outdoor climates and landscapes, in all seasons, within areas of great biodiversity and those with little biodiversity, as well as in playgrounds and public parks.