Recreation, Parks and Tourism 230

RCPT 230: Introduction to Outdoor Recreation

Prerequisite: Major in RCPT or OURL minor

Credit Hours: (3)

Broad overview of the field of outdoor recreation.  Emphasis is placed on land management agencies and strategies used by resource managers. Social and environmental issues that impact on land management policy are discussed.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

This course discusses the demand for and purposes of outdoor recreation. The major providers of these services are studied including the National Park Service and the United States Forest Service. The development of the preservation of outdoor recreation areas in the United States is examined as well as the impact of the environmental movement on these areas. Finally, the environmental issues impacting decisions about these areas are discussed.


Detailed Description of Conduct of the Course

The first half of the semester is spent reading and discussing the material from the texts. Emphasis is placed on understanding the demand and problems associated with outdoor recreation and the environmental movement. Students will be asked to select a variety of topics of interest and focus on those topics in an increasingly detailed manner.

The second half of the semester will be spent studying, by the use of journal articles and news reports, current environmental issues. Students will be asked to select a topic and develop an in-depth report on that topic.

In addition, attendance at appropriate community and campus events and verbal participation in the classroom is expected.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:


1. Identify and describe the agencies which manage outdoor resources.
2. Describe the wilderness movement in the United States.
3. Describe at least ten issues and/or problems which impact the provision of outdoor recreation areas.
4. Identify global efforts to preserve wilderness areas.


Assessment Measures

Students will be assessed on their projects, two tests, a comprehensive final and participation in the course.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

Revised 2013

February 2005 Reviewed by Edward Udd, Chair

June 20, 2015