Connecting Through Research 

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in partnership with the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University, is pleased to announce the second annual Connecting through Research stream of the ARPA conference.

Connecting through Research brings together recreation and parks scholars and practitioners to share and discuss new research and ideas. It is a great opportunity to broaden professional networks and strengthen the recreation and parks sector, while enjoying one of Canada’s most beautiful mountain locations.

Call for Presentations

Submissions will be accepted until June 1st, 2016. All submissions are subject to scholarly peer review. Awards are given for best presentation, best student presentation, and best poster.

Paper and poster presentations are open to any discipline or topic of interest with a connection to recreation and parks, such as:

- Community Development                            - Conservation            
- Youth Development                                    - Inclusive Practices
- Candian Sport for Life                                 - Facility Development/Management   
- Non-profit & Municipal Management          - Volunteers
- Leisure ​Theory                                            - Technology
- Parks and Open Space                                - Physical Activity
- Public Health                                              - Professional Development/Adult Education
- Public Policy                                               - Outdoor Recreation Management and Planning

The submission should include:

  • Key Words - 3-5
  • Abstract -Max 350 words
  • A statement on how this research can be used by practitioners – 30 words
  • No self identifying reference.

Ensure your file is:

  • Double-spaced; 12-point font (preferably Arial)
  • Saved as PDF or WORD FOR WINDOWS.​

Submit an Abstract

Special Consideration

The Connecting through Research sessions are scheduled for Friday Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 22.

Student Suport

ARPA is committed to supporting student involvement.  Student rates, bursaries and room sharing options are available.  Please contact Craig Cameron.


Craig Cameron, PhD
Research Stream Chair
Senior Recreation Liaison
University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation

ARPA Conference Reserach Stream Partners