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 Welcome to the Parks and Recreation Department! 



What do park and recreation professionals do?  Among other things we

  • create jobs and help stimulate the economy
  • generate tourism
  • protect wildlife habitat
  • conserve open space
  • connect children and families to nature and the outdoors
  • reduce physical and mental illness
  • mitigate childhood obesity.   

And you thought that we only played games!  The field of Parks and Recreation in the 21st century involves much more and requires a level of competence reflective of society’s need for meaningful leisure time experiences.

Consider what you like to do in your free time or think of a memorable vacation and chances are these experiences involved a park, recreation area, or resort.  Or perhaps you participated in a program or event conducted by a knowledgeable individual.  These are a few of the opportunities created by our graduates.

The Parks and Recreation Department offers programs leading to undergraduate degrees in

The Parks and Recreation Department also offers online graduate degree programs in

  • Park and Resource Management
  • Environmental Education.

Graduate education can offer additional depth for those already in the field of parks and recreation or provide an opportunity for a career change for those seeking a new and exciting career.

Programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels offer a state of the art curriculum taught by professional faculty who are recognized as both regional and national experts in their respective disciplines with diverse interests and experience in

  • park and resource management
  • recreation therapy
  • community recreation
  • camp administration
  • outdoor leadership
  • park protection
  • interpretation
  • environmental education
  • and open space planning

Our faculty members are dedicated to mentoring students while preparing them for careers in the park and recreation field. 

Field-based Internships insure that our students are ready to take their place in the profession.  Visit our Alumni page to see what can happen once you leave SRU.

The Department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Related Professions (COAPRT) through the National Recreation and Park Association.  We are recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.

Parks and Recreation at Slippery Rock University - we make life better!

Dr. Jack Livingston, Chair


Anita Culley, Department Secretary 


Please note: The Resort Recreation and Hospitality Management program has moved to the Department of Hospitality, Event Management, and Tourism in the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences. Please contact the department chair, Bruce Boliver, at 724-738-2600 or for information.




Undergraduate Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Featured Student:
Christine Kercell

Christine Kercell - Featured Student

Parks and Recreation Program Outcomes

  • Communication
  • Graphic & Technological Communication
  • Utilization of Professional Planning Tools and Instruments
  • Problem Solving
  • Facilities Evaluation & Management
  • Visitor Services
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Foundations
  • Programming
  • Recreation Resource Management
  • Practical Professional Experience
  • Diversity
  • Valuing Ethical Responsibility