Nature Based Recreation

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Children in Nature-Based Recreation

Recreation is an activity of leisure, done to achieve some form of enjoyment or relaxation. Nature-based recreation refers to a type of leisure (activity for the purpose of relaxation or enjoyment) that directly involves interaction with natural outdoor elements. While nature-based recreation can have many obvious benefits, it is important to consider all possible constraints and negatives when understanding its effects on the population. Every demographic has various needs and requirements in regards to its recreation; this essay will focus on children from the ages of five to twelve within urban communities, and examine the benefits and constraints of nature-based recreation in Canada. It will also outline
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Positive and constant nature-based experiences in childhood translate into adulthood. Not limited to attitude, these adults often take part in sustainable initiatives like planting trees or gardening. In regards to immediate benefits, childhood experiences increased daily motivation and efforts to deal with negative circumstances. The more nature-based recreation these individuals participated in, the more driven they were to overcome constraints in their spaces. Gradually, children began to enjoy the exploration and discovery of new things, including different experiences outside home. They developed their outdoor skills, sense of adventure and risk-taking initiatives (Asah et al. 2012).

These benefits need to be contrasted with less fortunate circumstances in order to frame the importance of nature-based recreation. Risk-taking initiative and daily motivation are critical life skills, especially in the overstimulating environment of urban work spaces and lifestyle. Anxiety and sheltered expectations of life that can impede many individuals in the long run. Moreover, the ability to overcome negative situations is a valuable attitude once a child is independent, as is his or her passion for sustainable
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2012). Another long-lasting constraint can arise from poor planning of urban spaces. Nature-based recreational spaces must be prioritized in order to reinvigorate the city, and provide children with constant positive stimuli. Once built, these spaces should also be maintained at a high standard of safety and controlled to some capacity (eg: aesthetic). Poor planning can affect generations of children, until the management or city allots for a renovation of the space. There needs to be an initiative from a governmental perspective in the planning of these spaces. Spaces that are catered to children must also consider their parents' ability to participate in the space. Emergency phones on trails, better lighting, maps and park staff can add to the safety of a park.


Nature-based recreation has numerous obvious benefits and less obvious constraints. It can be immensely beneficial when planned in a realistic and demographic specific manner, and can allow children to experience more positivity on a daily basis. Outdoor recreational programs are not mandatory in schools ana thus, the child's ability to interact and play in nature is greatly dependent on the parent. In order to
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