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Lake Champlain sailing team
Students in Costa Rica
Student on mountain top
Skier. Photo credit: Stowe Resort
Ski Area Management Course Students at Stowe Resort
Snowboarder. Photo credit: Stowe Resort
Kayaking on Lake Champlain
UVM mascot Rally and fans at Gutterson ice hocky arena
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Parks, Recreation and Tourism blends studies of the environment, environmentally-based tourism, and outdoor recreation to train students to become leaders in ecological management practice — and it's a growing profession. The program stresses development of recreation and leisure opportunities integrated with the wise use and protection of natural resources. Emphasis is placed on maintaining the integrity of recreation and tourism resources, balancing public and private interests in land, and creating recreation opportunities as a component of planned land use. The program also prepares students for professional careers in a variety of public and private recreation enterprises and agencies.

8 Semester Plan for Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PDF) | Learning outcomes | Minors | Sports Management minor | Resources for Current Students


Research and Beyond the Classroom

Internships and cooperative education opportunities provide valuable work experiences. These experiences assist students with career planning, provide education not offered in campus course work, and often lead to useful professional contacts. Travel courses offered during winter and spring breaks explore community-based sustainable development and nature-based travel in Costa Rica, among other destinations. While there, students engage in service-learning projects in remote communities.

Learn more about internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities through our Office of Experiential Learning and our in-house Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.

Careers | Internships | Service-learning | Research | Travel courses & Study abroad | Spring Semester Abroad in Costa Rica

4 Year Plan for Career Success

Experiential Learning: Hallmark of the Rubenstein School

  • 100% of students take a service-learning course.
  • 100% of Parks, Recreation & Tourism students participate in an internship.
  • 97% of faculty conduct grant-funded research with many opportunities for student involvement.
  • 30% of students study abroad.
  • Faculty teach more than 25 service-learning courses and close to 30 field lab courses each year.

Graduate employment rate


of Rubenstein graduates are employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating.


  • Four-season resort managers
  • Ski area managers
  • Travel business managers
  • Park rangers
  • Tourism and recreation entrepreneurs
  • Public relations officer
  • Recreation director
  • Recreation and sports marketing and sales specialist

Where alumni work

  • National Park Service
  • State and community parks
  • Private campgrounds
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Marinas
  • Private recreation and tourism companies
  • Sports and recreation facilities

Related Information

Learn more about the program

Contact Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program Director:

Professor Walter Kuentzel