The mission of the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources program is to enhance
societal understanding, stewardship, and the sustainable use of recreational resources
by educating students to become knowledgeable professionals and citizens, advancing
and communicating research knowledge, and providing professional service.
To enhance societal understanding, stewardship, and the sustainable use of recreational
and tourism resources by educating students to become knowledgeable professionals
and citizens, advancing and communicating research knowledge, and providing professional
To provide a quality recreation, parks and tourism management education, research
and outreach program with an emphasis on natural resource-based recreation and
1. Demonstrate entry-level knowledge about operations and strategic management,
planning, & policy related to parks, recreation, tourism, natural resources
and/or related professions.
1.1 Current status and trends of parks, recreation, and tourism industries
1.2 The challenges with and prospects for parks, recreation, and tourism industries
1.3 Tools, methods, and techniques in parks, recreation, and tourism research
2. Design, implement, and evaluate services that facilitate various outdoor recreation
and tourism experiences and opportunities.
2.1 Natural and cultural interpretation
2.2 Inclusive recreation
2.3 Trail and park design
2.4 Destination management and marketing
2.5 Outdoor education learning
3. Apply classroom knowledge to professional recreation and tourism settings
through fieldwork, certification, service learning, practicum, and internship
3.1 Hand-on experience through field trips to recreation areas and tourism destinations
3.2 Wilderness living skills
3.3 Challenge course and canopy tour
3.4 Internship requirement nationwide
4. Describe and apply comprehensive natural resource management principles and
strategies (from both ecological and social sciences) by analyzing natural
resource recreation and tourism management problems and policy.
4.1 Human dimensions in natural resource management
4.2 Sustainability theory and principles
4.3 System view and strategies
4.4 Stakeholder/collaboration theory and principles
5. Strategically apply the scientific method to improve the management and planning
of recreation and tourism areas and organizations.
5.1 GIS application in recreation and tourism
5.2 Social research methods in parks and recreation
5.3 Recreation planning and park design
6. Communicate effectively to enhance the management and planning of recreation
and tourism programs, areas and organizations.
6.1 Communication skills in parks, recreation, and tourism settings