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Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education
The mission of the Park and Resource Management program at Slippery Rock University is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to function as park and resource management professionals for a variety of federal, state and private agencies and organizations. The broad-based program provides detailed study in natural history and ecology, natural systems management, cultural resource management, visitor services management and contemporary issues in park and resource management. Coursework focused on the administrative, maintenance, planning and design aspects of park management is also featured.
To offer a quality undergraduate curriculum that prepares students for current entry-level practice in a variety of health and human service settings. The emphasis is on therapeutic recreation as a means to restore, remediate, and/or rehabilitate individuals with a diversity of disorders/disabilities. The program integrates coursework, practical experiences and professional activities as a foundation for the development of competent professionals.
The mission of the Resort Recreation Management/Tourism Program at Slippery Rock University is to develop entry level professionals in the fields of resort, conference group, community, and camping recreation and tourism with competencies in administration, leadership, programming, hospitality, and business skills. This is accomplished by providing quality academic preparation that incorporates both classroom and supervised practical experiences.
Bruce Boliver, Jennifer Carben, Colleen Cooke, Daniel Dziubek, Deborah Hutchins, Paulette Johnson, Christopher Leininger, John Lisco, Randall Pitstick, Lalanda Stromp
The Department of Parks and Recreation/Environmental Education offers a diverse academic program. Science degrees offered include: Park and Resource Management, with tracks in Environmental Education/Interpretation and Outdoor Leadership; Resort Recreation Management/Tourism; and Therapeutic Recreation.
The department cooperates closely with a number of government and private agencies and organizations in an effort to provide quality academic and practicum experiences. Special study opportunities in interpretive services, park law enforcement, and park and open space planning are available. A cooperative education program, which permits students to alternate semesters of work and study, is available in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Park Service.
The Seasonal Park Law Enforcement Program qualifies students for seasonal law enforcement commissions with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other park agencies.
Cooperative agreements with a variety of resort, recreation, environment, and health-related agencies provide ample opportunities for students to acquire a sound base in the practical application of theory, knowledge, and skills provided in the classroom.
Graduates of the department’s programs are currently employed in positions within the park, recreation, and environmental education fields. Many are serving as resort recreation directors, YMCA directors, therapeutic recreation specialists, national and state park rangers and managers, park naturalists, outdoor recreation planners, environmental educators, and other similar positions.
All parks and recreation majors must qualify for department advanced standing prior to enrollment in PREE 450. A copy of the requirements for advanced standing is available in the department office.