Exploring the connections between outdoor activities, nature connectedness, & well-being in the rural community of Vanderhoof, BC [thesis]

Carling A. Matthews
Discourse in recent years explores the two related topics of nature connectedness and the well-being benefits of nature contact. Existing literature has been predominantly framed from an urban perspective potentially limiting the applicability of the research to rural communities. Interactions with nature in rural settings may offer new insights into connections with nature. This research explored the connections between nature connectedness, outdoor activities, and well-being in the rural
more » ... g in the rural context of Vanderhoof, BC. Mixed methods were followed and analysis of interview and survey findings identified three central themes rooted in nature connectedness including that self-sufficient outdoor activities can arouse nature connection; well-being outcomes can reinforce nature connectedness; and nature connectedness is a strong component of environmental perspectives in combination with lived experiences. Identified themes informed recommendations for further research and practice. The human nature connection must continue to be explored for the well-being of individuals, ecosystems, and the planet.
doi:10.24124/2016/bpgub1129 fatcat:ht6sse5u4vdwpovrd7vvjgcpcy