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The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State University was founded in 1947.

In 1977, it became the first nationally-accredited degree program of its kind in the United States.

Today, we offer the only graduate tourism management program and the only natural resources recreation program in North Carolina. Our Geospatial Sciences Lab supports the largest recreation-focused GIST program in the country.

We are also proud to be home to the Alpha Chapter of Rho Phi Lambda, the national honorary fraternity for students majoring in park, recreation and leisure studies.

Learn More About Our History









A 50 Year Salute – publication produced for the department’s 50th anniversary in 1998

Departmental History 1997 – 2007

College of Natural Resources History

Historical NC State – A service of NCSU Libraries