Understanding Unstructured Play in Rural Communities

The goal of this project was to better understand facilitators and barriers to unstructured free play in the winter amongst children, youth and families from a rural community in northern Alberta and to identify strategies for increasing unstructured free play in rural communities. To do this, we used photovoice and focus group methodology across the County of St. Paul, Alberta.

For more information about this project contact: Laura Nieuwendyk, Project Coordinator at laura.nieuwendyk@ualberta.ca

Play Across the Seasons

  • Dr. Candace NykiforukAssociate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. Helen Vallianatos, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Unviersity of Alberta (Co-Investigator)
  • 2011 Alberta Rural Development Network