Nature for All Project

Funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, the Nature for All project is housed at the University of Northern British Columbia and driven by a network of partners with a shared mission to enhance inclusivity and accessibility of nature-based tourism and recreation spaces.

Project Overview

Through an interdisciplinary partnership that involves the co-creation of new tools and knowledge, this project seeks to advance the collection of accessibility standards evidence and the mobilization of this evidence into policy, management practices, and infrastructure investments that promote a barrier free Canada. Key activities that activate this goal include:

  1. The production of a new open-source data collection tool and database platform to support collection, storage, analysis, and use of standards-based accessibility evidence.
  2. Deployment of new tools through fieldwork to assess the state of accessibility across the suite of nature-based tourism and recreation spaces housed across British Columbia.
  3. Collaborative dialogues that support efforts to mainstream an evidence-based approach to standards-based accessibility assessment within the management cultures and planning processes of agencies that enable access to nature-based tourism and recreation spaces.

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Project Activities & Projected Timeline

Project Knowledge Products

The Nature for All project includes a series of collaborative activities including technology development, dialogues across an engaged community of accessibility practice, and applied research and reporting. The project reports, demonstration videos, and academic outputs below articulate the vision and activities of the project.

See a collaborative dialogue and tool demonstration in action at Alice Lake Provincial Park

(Video produced by Spinal Cord Injury BC)

See the Nature for All team on the road completing collaborative fieldwork and accessibility audits.

(Video produced by Spinal Cord Injury BC)


Learn how Nature for All approaches the process of co-creation in a report prepared from the first Nature for All project workshop.


Find out how an interdisciplinary group of conservation and accessibility specialists picture the future of accessibility in BC Parks.

Access article here

Related Resources

The following key resources have been curated to highlight important ideas related to inclusion and access to nature.

AccessBC Blog Posts

CPPCL Curated Resources

To view all shared resources visit the Resource Page.

Community Partners

Research Team

CPPCL is grateful for a community of colleagues working in and helping build our understanding in this area of parks and protected areas leadership. EDIT***