About the Program
Break out the cubicle as you promote health and happiness through recreation.
This hands-on program develops your leadership skills and confidence so you can create recreation programs and events that help others experience life’s best moments.
Recreation Leadership – the Serious Business of Play
Program Coordinator of Recreation Leadership
Associate Professor of Recreation Leadership
B.S., Longwood College
M.S., Western Illinois University
Ph.D., Prescott College
Director of Norton Outdoor Adventures
Adjunct Instructor of Ecotourism
Associate Professor of Ecotourism
B.A. Eastern Illinois University
M.S., Southern Illinois University
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Recreation Leadership curriculum may include:
- Foundations of Recreation and Leisure
- Program Planning and Leadership
- Risk Management, Safety, and Legal Issues in Recreation Administration
- Recreation Facility Planning, Development, and Maintenance
- Special Events Planning and Management
For full listing of current classes, view the college catalog here.
Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities
The essence of Recreation Leadership lends itself to learning through experience. While you learn the principles and skills of the field, you will discover and develop life-long recreational pursuits that ultimately become an integral part of your career. It is from this passion that leadership springs. From leading activities with youth to developing and implementing special events to crafting a business plan for a recreation or ecotourism business, leadership is a major focus of the curriculum.
You will develop and hone your leadership through the following experiences:
You have a unique opportunity to develop and hone your outdoor leadership skills by organizing and leading adventure programs for the campus community. As a student leader, you will organize and lead winter sports, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and kayaking trips.
Through your coursework, you are constantly involved with events and programs on campus and in the community. Examples include the Blue Ridge Folk Life Festival, disc golf tournaments, and Panther Productions events. Also, the Recreation Club provides a variety of leadership development opportunities.
All students are required to participate in at least one E-term. During these intensive three-week courses, faculty guide you in the exploration of a topic through direct and dynamic interaction with the content. Recreation Leadership and Ecotourism E-term course destinations include Alaska, Costa Rica, and Peru as well as the James River in Virginia with new destinations developed continuously (ECT 371 and REC 372)
The internship is an important component of your journey toward professionalism and is frequently considered one of the 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.
- Norton Outdoor Adventures: You have a unique opportunity to develop and hone your outdoor leadership skills by organizing and leading adventure programs for the campus community. As a student leader, you will organize and lead winter sports, rock climbing, caving, canoeing, backpacking, and kayaking trips as well as low and high ropes courses.
- Recreation Club
- Camp Director
- College Outdoor Program Director
- Community Rec Director
- Ecotourism Provider
- Natural Historic Resource Interpreter
- Nature Center Director
- Outdoor Adventure Guide
- Outdoor Recreation Specialists
- Park Ranger
- Game Warden
- Park Planner
- Recreation Programmer
- Ropes Course Manager
- Travel Consultant
- YMCA Director