Connecting with Nature

Connecting With Nature

This collection looks at various ways to connect with nature, whether through school programs, municipal strategies, conservation efforts, and more, as well as the many benefits of nature connection, such as economic, social, health, ecological and others.

We suggest that you also check out the many nature-related presentation resources in LIN's various conference presentation collections, such as Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) conferences, ARPA Parks Conferences, Canadian Parks Conference, Canadian Parks Summit, Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Annual Education Forums, Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conferences, Recreation Connections Manitoba Annual Conferences, Recreation Nova Scotia conferences, The Sandbox Project Conference 2013, and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) Annual Conferences.

A Call for Renewed Commitment to Nature Conservation

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) annual review of the state of Canada’s parks, noting both encouraging signs and...

Adopt-A-Park / Adopt-A-Street program resources

London has both an Adopt-A-Park Program and an Adopt-A-Street program. Both are free, community partnerships with the City and London...

Air Quality Effects of Urban Parks and Trees

This paper explores how trees in cities, particularly in park settings, can improve air quality. It will discuss the current tree resources...

Climate Change and Energy Efficiencies

Co-Presenters: Kate Rich and Bill Wells This presentation provides an update on both the 2015 Alberta government's climate leadership...

Climbing Trees: Getting Aussie Kids Back Outdoors

This report discusses the decline in outdoor play among children and the way such play has changed, the benefits of children playing in...

Economic Benefits of Conservation

Cost of Community Services studies examine both the tax revenues generated by different land uses and the costs to local government of...

Examples of Adopt-a-Park Programs - Hamilton / Brampton / Calgary

Examples of several adopt-a-park programs.

Forest School in Canada: Guide and other resources

The role of A Head, Heart, Hands Approach to Outdoor Learning guide is to help educators and the communities that surround and support...

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians take action against shoreline litter by participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline...

Green Roof Bylaw - City of Toronto

Toronto is the first City in North America to have a bylaw to require and govern the construction of green roofs on new development. It was...

Greenprint Resource Hub

The Greenprint Resource Hub is aimed at “practitioners, policymakers and community members looking to incorporate parks, open space, and...

Hands For Nature: A Volunteer Management Handbook

This booklet provides practical tips and ideas for working effectively with volunteers to create and sustain greening projects and includes...

Into Nature: A Guide to Teaching in Nearby Nature

A unique teachers’ guide that enables the teaching of all Ontario school curriculum subjects outdoors in nature. Content includes...

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Outdoor Classroom

Ten Trans Canada Trail Lesson Plans include detailed outlines for teachers, along with handouts for students. All lessons allow Junior...

Losing Ground: Time to Embrace the True Value of Parks

In this sixth annual review of the state of Canada’s parks, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) finds that most parks and...

Natural Happiness: The relationships between our environment and public health

Canadians spend more than 90% of their time indoors. This presentation draws from perspectives and latest findings in mind-body medicine,...

Nature as Foundation of Economy: Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Conservation Supporting Human Development

This report looks at several "First Principles for Conservation and Human Development Dialogue" and notes that "these principles formalized...

Nature for Newcomers program

Nature for Newcomers is a program to provide New Canadians, Newcomers and English as a second language residents and visitors with...

Nature’s Continuum / Continuum de la nature

This paper examines the diversity of ways that people choose to engage with nature, and how this demand presents challenges and...

Ontario EcoSchools

Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education program that addresses both how the schools are run and what students learn. It has been...

Outdoor Classroom User’s Guide / 'Nature Is a Powerful Teacher'

The BOSTON SCHOOLYARD INITIATIVE (BSI) was established in 1995 as a public-private partnership to transform the city’s schoolyards into...

Play Again: What are the consequences of a childhood removed from nature? (video)

PLAY AGAIN is an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei, produced by Meg Merrill, and edited by David Bee. The soundtrack...

Preventing Disease Through Healthy Environments - WHO Report

The main message emerging from this new comprehensive global assessment is that premature death and disease can be prevented through...

Project Wild Thing: Film and other resources

Project Wild Thing is a film-led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an...

Reporting on the Pan Canadian Survey re: Children and Nature

Presents the results of the 2010 Pan Canadian survey by Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) on behalf of the Canadian Parks and...

Stepping into Nature: Teacher Stories

This exciting free downloadable publication consists of articles from Ontario classroom teachers who have successfully run place-based...

Surrey Shade Tree Strategic Management Plan (Draft) UPDATED

Includes a wide range of recommendations, goals and objectives and overall direction for improvement in the planning, design, development...

Take It Outside: Helping You Connect to Nature Online - Webinar

Online webinar, 1 hour. This webinar looks at benefits, and various aspects and ways of connecting children with nature, such as through...

The Canadian Nature Survey 2012: Awareness, participation, and expenditures in nature-based recreation, conservation, and subsistence activities

More than two-thirds of Canadian adults choose to spend time outdoors in order to experience nature. This and other fascinating facts can...

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity: Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature: A synthesis of the approach, conclusions and recommendations of TEEB

The aim of this report is to provide a bridge between the multi-disciplinary science of biodiversity and the arena of international and...

The Importance of Parks and Protected Areas to Biosphere Reserve Networks around the World

UNESCO biosphere reserves are places where people share a way of living with nature that models solutions for a sustainable future, ...

The State of Canada’s Forests: Annual report - 2015

The State of Canada’s Forests annual report for 2015 celebrates 25 years of reporting on Canada’s forest resources and management. It...

The Way We Green: EcoVision Annual Report 2009 / The Way We Green 2011

The Way We Green (2011 report) is the City of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan. It sets out principles, goals, objectives and...

Trail User Survey Workbook: How to Conduct a Survey and Win Support for Your Trail, Sample Surveys and Methods

This manual helps the reader implement a trail user survey and determine the economic impact a trail has on local communities. It discusses...

Trans Canada Trail Blueway Guide

The purpose of this document is to outline the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) principles and guidelines for the development of a Blueway as part...

Urban Green Structure as a Means of Promoting Public Health and Wellbeing / How Parks and Recreation Spaces Contribute to Health

Speakers: Torgeir Esig Soerensen (NOR), David Aldous (AUS) Urban Green Structure: The City of Stavanger, Norway’s most densely populated...

When Ontario Bikes, Ontario Benefits: A Green Paper for an Ontario Bicycling Policy

The purpose of this green paper is to promote the use of bicycles to combat climate change, reduce obesity, tackle congestion and provide...

Whitehorse Range Point Neighbourhood Plan / Resources

The City of Whitehorse initiated a neighbourhood planning process for this area, including interviews, neighbourhood walk, and a...
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