Recreation Management

The Recreation Management program at Lock Haven University balances the theoretical and practical learning experiences to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in recreation, parks, tourism, fitness, strength and conditioning, therapeutic recreation and related fields. After completing the degree requirements you will be prepared for immediate employment or admittance into a graduate degree program.

“Engaging People, Creating Communities”

What You'll Study

Cultural Heritage Management Track

The Recreation Management Department is excited to share our new curriculum in Cultural Heritage Management.  Cultural Heritage Management is an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the sustainable management of cultural and historical venues.  Students will learn the skills to manage and preserve historical and cultural resources through education, interpretation, and community engagement.  Students will explore the connection to tourism and entrepreneurial opportunities that celebrate the historical and cultural value of historical sites, museums, and monuments that tell stories of cultural identity.

The Cultural Heritage Management degree program addresses the skill sets needed by people working in the heritage tourism industry by combining a curriculum that prepares students with entrepreneurial and business skills, computer-aided design capability, and the material and cultural history expertise to operate effectively with public agencies, private entrepreneurs, local beverage industry, adventure and outdoor operations, and other state and federal agencies. (Minor Entrepreneurship and Innovation).

Students in this degree program may work in the areas of museology, environmental education and interpretation, preservation, tourism, community development, and entrepreneurship. 

According to UNESCO (United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization), “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” Lock Haven University is located in the heart of Pennsylvania and has access to rich and plentiful cultural and historical venues that will serve as partner agencies in the delivery of the curriculum.


Student Learning Outcomes

Fitness Management Track

This track will equip you with the skills to work in corporations, fitness centers, hospitals, YMCAs, private health clubs, and university-based strength and conditioning programs. Courses specific to this track include:

  • Sport Nutrition
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Supervision of Strength Training Programs



Therapeutic Recreation Track

This track will prepare you to work with people of all ages who have physical, emotional, psychological, and behavioral disabilities or disorders. You may work in rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals, residential programs, and community settings, among others. Upon completing this track you will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam. Courses specific to this track include:

  • Foundations of Therapeutic Recreation
  • Leisure Education and Innovative Programming in Therapeutic Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation Methods and Techniques

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Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Recreation Track

The Outdoor Management Track is designed to prepare you for a career in camp administration, state and federal parks, environmental interpretation, outdoor education, adventure programming, scouting, or wildlife conservation. You will acquire a mix of natural science, programming theory, and resource management skills. Upon graduation you will be able to understand, use, and preserve our nation's natural resources. Topics covered include:

  • Interpreting the Environment
  • Team Building and Challenge Course Facilitation
  • Outdoor Recreation



Tourism and Event Management Track

This track equips you for a career in community recreation, YMCA and YWCAs, military recreation, resorts, cruise lines, tourism, event planning, and major event management. Courses are designed to help you develop the skills to plan and promote recreation programs with an emphasis on leadership, marketing, and business skills. Topics covered include:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Special Event and Convention Center Management
  • Commercial Recreation

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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
  • Accreditation: National accreditation of the LHU Recreation Management program has been awarded continuously since 2006. The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. Visit our accreditation page for more in formation.

  • Internships: At LHU, we require our recreation management students to complete two separate internships. These guided learning experiences make our students some of the most prepared young professionals to enter the recreation management workforce. Past students have interned with:
      • U.S.A. Olympic Bobsled Team
      • Reebok Sports Club
      • The Giant Center
      • Toftrees Resort
      • DCNR Bureau of State Parks
      • KidsPeace
      • Breckenridge Outdoor Center
      • Children’s Specialized Hospital
      • Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
      • Penn State University Athletic Department
      • Penn State University Athletics and Event Management
      • Coastal Carolina
      • Peak View Behavioral Health
  • Careers: A degree in recreation management prepares you for a variety of private and public recreation settings, as well as for graduate studies in recreation and related fields. You will acquire the leadership and programming skills to be effective in a wide variety of health, recreation, and leisure related agencies. A 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics study found that employment of recreation workers is expected to rise by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020.

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

Want to Know More?

Department of Recreation Management

Dr. Julie Lammel
107 Himes Hall, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2826

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8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday
(570) 484-2027

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