Bachelor in Recreation and Parks Management

Create opportunities for nature appreciation, physical fitness and ecological preservation

Frostburg State University’s bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks management is the ideal program for students who like the idea of working outdoors away from a traditional office setting. It is great preparation for a career in our national parks, serving as a guide or planning nature experiences for tour groups, vacationers or classes. It is also an excellent pathway to a future providing community recreation programs that help young and old be active, creative and pursue healthy lifestyles.

The program emphasizes service learning, experiential education and learning by doing. Many students obtain internships with organizations where they position themselves to transition directly into their desired careers. Students have obtained internships with many organizations in the Maryland region. Other internship sites include Europe, Japan and most of the western states.

You will develop an area of specialization in your choice of four popular concentrations. Or, instead of a concentration, you may choose to complete a minor or a double major in a complementary field such as business or psychology. The program is also available as a minor.

  • Participate in a program accredited by the NRPA/AALR, the professional organization of the discipline. It is one of only 100 programs in the country that meet the accreditation standards.
  • Explore professional opportunities in these and other venues: resorts, theme parks, visitor and convention bureaus, local park and recreation departments, state parks, national parks and other protected natural areas, campus recreation and wellness centers, urban recreation centers, youth development organizations, therapeutic and inclusive recreation programs, corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools.
  • Choose from four concentrations to individualize your degree:
    Community Program Delivery
    Adventure Sports
    Hospitality Management and Tourism
    Therapeutic Recreation

Bachelor in Recreation and Parks Management Highlights:

  • Complete an internship working in locations such as Utah’s state forests, Alaska’s adventure sports industry, YMCAs, Disney resorts, state parks and local recreation departments.
  • Engage in extensive hands-on experiences planning nature and recreation programs, organizing fundraisers such as the “I Swim for Bob” scholarship event and assisting community recreation programs such as the Cumberland Halloween Costume Competition or Discover Allegany Outdoors.
  • Attend a professional parks and recreation conference where you will meet others in the field and begin building your professional network.
  • Join the campus Recreation Society that engages in outdoor sports, hosts speakers from the field, encourages discussion of timely topics such as nature preservation and explores career opportunities.
  • Get creatively involved with the Evergreen Heritage Center and other such organizations providing design recommendations for learning stations and creating models to enhance the public’s engagement with the natural world.

About Our Recreation and Parks Management Faculty:

  • Study with award-winning faculty members who have incorporated their teachings into textbooks widely used in the recreation and parks field.
  • Learn from a professor who is such an expert in watercraft safety that he is regularly called as an expert witness in court cases and has incorporated his experiences into a new and innovative textbook on risk management.
  • Be a part of small classes that allow you to get to know your professors well and build strong mentoring relationships.

Sample Recreation and Parks Management Courses You May Take:

Leisure and the Diverse American Culture – Examine the diversity within American culture through the study of leisure and related influences on physical and mental wellness throughout one’s lifespan.

Recreation Leadership – Explore leadership techniques involved in recreation and park settings including leadership in small and large groups.

Program Planning – Study planning principles used in the development of recreation programs and leisure experiences.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s recreation and parks management program requirements (PDF).

Also see:
bachelor's program in adventure sports management 
FSU's master of science in recreation and parks management – online program

Career Outlook for Recreation and Parks Management Professionals:

The career opportunities in the recreation and parks management field are diverse. They range from serving as a guide in an adventure sports company to working in a state government office managing parks programs, managing a YMCA or Outward Bound program, or even serving as a guide at a nature museum. You could work in a summer camp, recreation center, park, resort or on a cruise ship. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates 14 percent growth in this career field through 2022.  For more information, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/recreation-workers.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).

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