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.
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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Sep 29, 2021
Study Raises Questions About Access to Urban Parks During the Pandemic
A study led by researchers from NC State found the use of outdoor parks and trails in urban areas of North Carolina declined in the summer of 2020.
Aug 27, 2021
A Summer of Learning
College of Natural Resources students build on classroom knowledge through internships, summer camps and more.
Sep 21, 2021
Study Finds Natural Outdoor Spaces Are Less Common at Schools
NC State researchers found natural spaces like woods or gardens were relatively rare in a small sample of elementary and middle schools in Wake County.
Aug 6, 2021
4 low-cost ways to create safe public spaces where all kids can play
Experts describe four ways for communities to create opportunities for more play for children.