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8.03 Outdoor recreation, green space, and natural areas are essential to environmental education and personal well-being – a key to long term sustainability overall.

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  2. Coping with ADD - The surprising connection to green play settings
    2001 - USA

    Children who played in windowless indoor settings had significantly more severe symptoms than children who played in grassy outdoor spaces with or without trees did. Multiple alternative...

  3. Mental Restoration and Recreation
    2006 - USA

    Recreation activity can have a positive effect on mood, stress and mental health. When individuals become mentally fatigued mental capacity can be restored through participation in 30 to 40 minutes...

  4. The efficacy of small-scale conservation efforts, as assessed on Australian golf courses
    2007 - Australia

    Small-scale landscape design and management actions that increase the size and structural complexity of vegetation on urban parks, gardens and golf courses can significantly enhance their capacity...

  5. Who benefits from access to green space? A case study from Sheffield, UK
    2007 - England

    "Green spaces play an important role in supporting urban communities both ecologically and socially.”

  6. Spiritual revelation in wilderness under down-under
    2007 - USA

    Wilderness spirituality provides a feeling of connection and interrelationship with other people and nature; a heightened sense of awareness and elevated consciousness beyond the everyday and...

  7. Youth Recreation Leads to Adult Conservation
    2004 - USA

    As individuals develop an emotional connection to their local natural resources, they appear to act responsibly in day-to-day activities as well as at the setting.

  8. Restoration and stress relief through physical activities in forests and parks
    2007 - Switzerland

    Suffering from headaches and stress decreased significantly, and feeling well-balanced increased significantly. Positive effects increased with length of visit, and individuals practising sports...

  9. Environmental preference and restoration: (How) are they related?
    2003 - Netherlands

    The present study found that exposure to a natural environment was associated with more positively toned changes in mood states and marginally better performance on a concentration test than...

  10. Understanding environmental influences on walking: Review and research agenda
    2004 - USA

    Aesthetic attributes, convenience of facilities for walking (sidewalks, trails); accessibility of destinations (stores, park, beach); and perceptions about traffic and busy roads were found to be...

  11. Residents’ Use of Remnant Natural Vegetation
    2006 - USA

    Children are found to use very small areas with remnants of natural vegetation, even if the remaining vegetation is trivial, and subjected to severe wear and tear. Proximity to day nurseries,...

  12. The evolution of greenways in China
    2006 - China

    The major functions of the Greenways in China are, so far, protection from natural disasters including wind, floods, and soil erosion.

  13. Nature and the Life Course: Pathways from Childhood Nature Experiences to Adult Environmentalism
    2006 - USA

    Experiences of "wild nature" before age 11 is a strong predictor of adult environmental behavior.

Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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