About the program
Want a career focused on helping people enjoy their “free time?” Consider Recreation Leadership! This program will prepare you to design and manage recreation programs that are beneficial to the mental and physical well-being of participants and recreation professionals alike! Imagine working with a group of kids on a ropes course and helping them to be more confident or running a guide service that provides access to remote area such as sea kayaking in Alaska! The world is your office and your product is unique experiences!
The Recreation Leadership program is founded on the principle that healthy recreation and leisure pursuits are critical to the development of the complete individual with a holistic approach to living. The recreation professional, regardless of the specific sector, is crucial in delivering high quality recreation and leisure experiences that impact individuals in meaningful ways. Through experiential and traditional learning environments coupled with direct application of theory and best practices, the Recreation Leadership student will develop core competencies and build on the leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in a broad range of career settings.
Two minors are offered through the Recreation Leadership program to provide specialized knowledge and skills to further prepare students for future careers in the recreation and tourism industry.
Outdoor Recreaction: Use of the outdoor environment and Ferrum Outdoors is an integral part of the Outdoor Recreation minor. By providing opportunities for the student body to participate in adventure pursuits, Ferrum Outdoors affords the Outdoor Recreation minor the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate programs while gaining valuable technical and leadership skills.
Ecotourism: One of the fastest growing and most significant trends of today’s tourism industry, Ecotourism is defined as sustainable tourism responsible to natural and scenic areas that encourages environmental and cultural conservation while promoting local economic development. A minor in Ecotourism will equip Ferrum students to be industry leaders in a rapidly expanding field.
Coursework in Recreation Leadership
The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the fields of Recreation Leadership, Outdoor Recreation, and Ecotoursim and includes courses such as:
- Community Recreation
- Commercial Recreation
- Recreation Administration
- Outdoor Education
- Foundations of Recreation and Leadership
- Backpacking and Hiking
- Rock Climbing & Repelling
- Issues in Sustainable Tourism
- Culture and Heritage Tourism
- Wilderness Leadership
- Program Planning and Leadership
- Risk Management, Safety, and Legal Issues
- Foundations of Ecotourism
- Community Tourism
- Facilities Planning, Development and Maintenance
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Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities
The very nature of Recreation Leadership lends itself to learning through experience. As such, the curriculum utilizes an experiential education model in which students and faculty engage in meaningful and dynamic exploration of topics critical to success in the field of recreation. While students learn the principles and skills of the field, many discover and develop life-long recreational pursuits that ultimately become an integral part of their career. It is from this passion that leadership springs. From leading activities with youth to developing and implementing a special event action plan to crafting a business plan for a recreation or ecotourism business, leadership is a primary focus of the curriculum. Multiple avenues exist for students to develop and hone their leadership skill, including:
Students have a unique opportunity to develop and hone their outdoor leadership skills by organizing and leading adventure programs for the campus community. With direction and oversight from the coordinator, student leaders organize and lead winter sports, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and kayaking trips. Seeking improvement, student leaders are constantly evaluated by the coordinator, program participants, co-leaders, and themselves.
Students in a variety of recreation classes are constantly involved with events and programs on campus and in the community. Examples include Folk Life Festival, disc golf tournaments, Panther Productions, and other campus organizations. Also, the Recreation Club and the Disc Club provide a variety of leadership development opportunities.
All students are required to participate in at least 1 E-term. During these intensive three-week courses, students and faculty explore a topic through direct and dynamic interaction with the content. Courses include South African Culture, Costa Rica Eco Adventure, Outdoor Education, and Adventure Based Counseling.
The internship is an important component of the student's journey toward professionalism and frequently serves as one of the student's most rewarding college experiences. Typically completed the summer between the junior and senior year, internships enhance student learning by putting theories and concepts into practice with hands-on experience under the direction of a professional.
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What can I be with a major in Recreation Leadership?
A major in Recreation Leadership leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:
- You could be a(n) ...
- Community Rec Director
- Outdoor Adventure Guide
- Camp Director
- Nature Center Director
- Ecotourism Provider
- Park Manager
- Travel Planner
- Outdoor Recreation Specialists
- Recreation Programmer
- Travel Consultant
- Ropes Course Manager
- College Outdoor Program Director
- Park Planner
- YMCA Director
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Recreation Leadership Faculty
Professors of Ferrum College are active participants in the intellectual growth and development of the students.
Instructor of Recreation Leadership
Coordinator of Ferrum Outdoors Program
Jasmine Goodnow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Recreation Leadership
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Find out more
Read the latest issue of the Recreation Leadership Newsletter
Contact Dan Caston at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Jasmine Goodnow at email@example.com
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