Date of Award

Winter 1-6-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Ines Miyares

Second Advisor

Cindi Katz

Academic Program Adviser

Jochen Albrecht


Research suggests unstructured play is important to a child's mental and physical development, and the natural world provides excellent opportunities for formative experiences. Urban environments, however, present challenges to finding and enjoying wild spaces. The potential role of public parks, supported by a small survey of college students, is discussed.



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