The General Call for Presentations for the 2017 ARPA Conference is now closed. Thank you for sharing your ideas! The review process is almost complete, and all submissions will receive a response. 

The Connecting through Research stream has extended their call until June 19, 2017!

Connecting through Research

Submit Now!

The Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in partnership with University of Alberta and Mount Royal University, are pleased to announce the third annual Connecting through Research stream as part of the ARPA annual conference.  This unique conference setting brings together academic, graduate, undergraduate and practitioner- based researchers to share peer reviewed work.  It is an opportunity to exchange knowledge, advance practices, policies and thinking in the field of recreation and parks, and broaden our professional networks.

Proposals can include completed research projects, studies in progress, or conceptual ideas on a variety of topics within the recreation and parks field.  Successful proposals will be delivered as engaging panels, interesting oral presentations (include time to engage in a short discussion with audience members), or interactive posters.  Proposals that identify the applied or connective nature of research will be more successful. Call for Submission is open until June 5th, 2017.  
Submission Response: Updated by July 14th, 2017.
The submission should include:

  • Title
  • Key Words: 3-5
  • Author(s)
  • Presenter(s) if different from above
  • Abstract -Max 350 words

A key aspect of the proposal included purpose, results, application or connection (for example: what are the implications of this study, how can the information presented be utilized by practitioners, what other research is needed, collaboration opportunities for researchers and practitioners) and methods.
Please avoid any self-identifying references in the abstract.

Ensure your file is:

  • Formatted for printing on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
  • Double-spaced; 12-point font (preferably Arial)
  • Follows the Chicago or American Psychological Association or American Sociological Association formatting style.
  • Saved as PDF or Word for Windows

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
- Canadian Sport for Life - Facility Development/Management
- Volunteers - Non-profit and Municipal Management
- Leisure Theory - Technology
-Parks and Open Space - Physical Activity
- Public Health - Professional Development/Adult Education
- Public Policy - Outdoor Rec. Management & Planning

Student Support

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 Research Stream Partners