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Connecting Youth to Nature: Exploring the Plausibility of a Nation-Wide Youth Conservation Program for Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Kelly, Sean Thomas, Megan 2016-05-11T20:52:51Z 2016-05-11T20:52:51Z 2016-05 2016-05-09 2016-05-11
dc.description.abstract Canada’s national parks are faced with the dual-mandate of providing recreational opportunities without compromising ecological integrity. In an era of unprecedented global environmental change and excessive electronic attachment, today’s youth are experiencing disconnect from nature. At the same time, parks are challenged with malefic financial constraints and limited human resources. Though independent issues, this study sought to find an integrated solution by exploring the plausibility of a sustainable conservation program that provides opportunity for both youth and Canadian parks through an untapped workforce. Strengths of the U.S. based Student Conservation Association were embraced to develop criteria to analyze additional youth engagement programs. Review of literature and key informant interviews framed programmatic recommendations that inform development of a nation-wide youth conservation program suitable for the Canadian context. Through hands-on service to the land, the experience could foster Canada’s next generation of environmental stewards serving, and ultimately protecting, Canada’s park system. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Office of the Registrar's Travel Grant en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject landscape Architecture en_US
dc.subject environmental Stewardship en_US
dc.subject national Parks en_US
dc.subject conservation Movement en_US
dc.subject youth Engagement en_US
dc.subject ecological Integrity en_US
dc.subject parks Canada en_US
dc.subject Nature-Deficit Disorder Disorder en_US
dc.title Connecting Youth to Nature: Exploring the Plausibility of a Nation-Wide Youth Conservation Program for Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Landscape Architecture en_US Master of Landscape Architecture en_US School of Environmental Design and Rural Development en_US
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