Studies continuously show the physical and mental benefits of green spaces, sports participation and community experiences. Our faculty and graduates are dedicated to finding sustainable solutions that make our communities better places to live and explore.
Dr. Michael Kanters, Interim Department Head
Our students enjoy close relationship with faculty as they earn a practical education that combines theory and classroom instruction with hands-on experiences and real-world research.
Working side-by-side with world class faculty and industry leaders, our graduate students gain the knowledge to become faculty members, researchers, policymakers and professionals.
A Leader in Outdoor Recreation
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management received the National Recreation Resource Leadership Award from the Society of Outdoor Professionals.Learn about what sets us apart
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May 10, 2021
The Next Generation of Hunters Could Look Different
An NC State study found a diverse group of potential hunters in a survey of college students.
Apr 12, 2021
Five Questions with Parks and Recreation Director Sheila Long
Long ’09 currently oversees parks and recreation planning and operations for the town of Zebulon in North Carolina. In this Q&A, she reflects on her position and how the College of Natural Resources helped to prepare her.
Apr 15, 2021
Officials, Voters, Show More Concern About Plastic Waste in Ocean After Kids’ Presentations
An NC State study shows voters and leaders showed more concern about trash in the ocean after kids’ presentations.
Apr 6, 2021
For Girls, Learning Science Outside Linked to Better Grades, Knowledge
NC State researchers found an outdoor science program was linked to higher average grades and an increase in a measure of science knowledge for a group of fifth grade girls in North Carolina.