Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
The Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) program is designed to provide students with training that will qualify them to work in a variety of work settings such as parks and protected natural areas, the public and private business sectors, non-profit environmental organizations, as well as state and federal natural resource agencies. The PRT program emphasis on the integration of natural, social, and management sciences reflects the inter-disciplinary context in which recreation, tourism, natural resource planning, and environmental concerns are addressed.
Students interested in the study of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will find the program ideally situated close to the rocky coasts, mountains, Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, the Appalachian Trail and Maine tourism developments. Visits to these sites afford students unique and exciting opportunities both during class and leisure to observe and participate in on-going operations relevant to the profession. We frequently have guest lectures from the public sector and commercial recreational enterprises to acquaint students with the diversity of professional management issues and practices.
The Nature Based Tourism Concentration emphasizes outdoor enjoyment of forest resources and strategies for developing a successful tourism program.
The Conservation Law Enforcement Concentration is for students who want careers as park and forest rangers.
The Parks and Recreation Management Concentration is for students seeking careers in park and outdoor recreation settings with an emphasis on forest resource management. This concentration is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.