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.
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Sep 16, 2020
Colorado’s Famous Aspens Expected to Decline Due to Climate Change
NC State researchers predict quaking aspen trees, known for their brilliant foliage in fall, will visibly decline along three scenic drives in Colorado.
Aug 14, 2020
Researchers Strive to Boost NC’s Oyster Tourism Industry
Researchers in NC State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation Tourism Management are working to launch the North Carolina Oyster Trail.
Aug 26, 2020
How Oil and Gas Drilling Could Disrupt the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
A plan to open the refuge to drilling could negatively impact wildlife and tourist.
Aug 10, 2020
Landmarks Facing Climate Threats Could ‘Transform,’ Expert Says
Researchers asked whether iconic locations threatened by climate change should be allowed to transform.