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Everyday Wild: How do preserved natural areas in the City of Edmonton contribute to adult perceptions of health and well-being?

  • Author / Creator
    Cheesbrough, Alison E
  • This study used participant photography and semi-structured interviews with 33 participants to explore the perceived health and well-being effects of natural area parks in the City of Edmonton, Alberta. Findings include that the proximity of the natural areas to residences was essential as it allowed visits to be frequent and spontaneous. Participants appreciated the areas for their wild and natural character and that they existed for the benefit of other species. While in these areas, participants felt away from the city and valued having this feeling while in the middle of the city. The sense of being away gave people space to think, connect with themselves, and return refreshed to their lives. The natural areas facilitated connections to self, companions (including dog companions), and other visitors. Many participants felt a deep intimacy with the natural areas over time and connections to birds, animals, and trees that live in them.

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  • Graduation date
    2015-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3HD7P16X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Nykiforuk, Candace (School of Public Health)
    • Garvin, Theresa (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • McGee, Tara (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
    • Springett, Jane (School of Public Health)