Recreation Management

Depending on the track you select with a four-year degree in Recreation Management, you can work in a wide variety of private and public recreation settings including parks, health clubs, retirement communities, convention & sports centers and more. In addition, the program provides an excellent foundation for entrance into graduate school.                       

The Lock Haven University recreation management department is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Profession. Tracks include:                       

The Fitness Management Track

This track is designed for students interested in working in corporations, fitness centers, hospitals, YMCAs, private health clubs, and university based strength and conditioning programs. Graduates are qualified to conduct fitness assessments, design and prescribe exercise programs, teach aerobics, serve as personal trainers, group exercise leaders, and strength and conditioning coaches. Graduates are also prepared to apply for certification from reputable, professional fitness organizations.                       

The Outdoor Track

This track is designed to prepare students for careers in camp administration, state and federal parks, environmental interpretation, outdoor education, adventure programming, scouting, and wildlife conservation. Graduates acquire a mix of natural science, programming theory and resource management skills to better understand, use, and preserve natural resources.                       

The Community/Commercial Track

This track equips students for careers in community recreation, YMCA and YWCAs, military recreation, sport administration, resorts, cruise lines, and major event management. Students are taught to plan and promote recreation programs with an emphasis on leadership, marketing and business skills.                       

The Therapeutic Recreation Track

This track is designed for students to prepare to work with people with disabilities in a variety of settings such as rehabilitation, psychiatric, and long-term care. Students will be prepared to take the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam.