Parks, Recreation, & the Outdoors

Hands-on learning with real-world preparation

You will take a broad slate of courses in subjects such as ecosystem management, facility design, legal aspects of recreation, data-based decision-making, public communication, and marketing for leisure services. You'll also select one of three focal tracks—parks and recreation, sport delivery and active living, or cultural and community services. Some of what you learn will take place outside of the traditional classroom, as you hone your skills through a required internship and take part in other opportunities to work and train in a variety of public, nonprofit, outdoor, and community recreation management settings.


With a degree in recreation, parks, and the outdoors, you will be prepared for work in a variety of settings, including national, state, and city parks, community recreational facilities, outdoor adventure organizations, urban forestry institutes, or in land stewardship roles. As you come through the program, the Office of Career Services will be there to help you carefully consider your career path.