Let's Get Dirty! Bringing Back Nature Play: A Conversation Café

Speakers: Elizabeth Halpenny, Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere, Bethan Kingsley, Mary Ann Rintoul, Allison Pratley, Lisa Tink

Despite the growing consensus that children today have fewer opportunities for unstructured free play and forming connections with nature than previous generations, little in the way of collaborative strategies and solutions to address this issue, has been provided. Focused on the need to reintegrate play into children’s lives, a partnership led by the University of Alberta and the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association was formed to examine and develop practical resources related to nature-based play. This presentation shares findings and explores the perspectives of practitioners about nature-based play across Alberta.

Presentation from the 2013 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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University of Alberta