The mission of the Parks and Recreation Management Program is to promote resourcefulness, independent thinking, the ability to cope with change, and service to society -- by preparing leaders in the recreation resource and outdoor education professions. The program strives to maintain an intellectual and caring environment through cooperation and collaboration in active learning. Experiential education is also an important component to encourage application and modification of theories learned.
The program prepares professionals to design, plan, promote, and deliver the physical and social components of the leisure service industry. This includes skills in administration, management, research and evaluation, leadership, and instruction. Graduates will be prepared to manage resources, facilities and programs, and to lead and instruct for programs in commercial, public, and non-profit settings.