Parks, Recreation & Facilities Management

Paul Smith’s location within the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park provides a unique natural, social, economic and political backdrop for exploring the often-intricate relationships between society and the parks, recreation and leisure industry.

In addition to intense exploration of the Adirondacks – a place that has played a pioneering role in the nation’s recreation industry - students are encouraged to take their studies beyond this region in order to see natural resources and the human factor at work in different environments. Numerous study-abroad opportunities are a program highlight.

Traditionally, the parks & recreation industry has been dominated by the public sector. But increasingly, privately owned resorts, lodges and facilities geared toward particular demographic, such as assisted-living communities, are driving job opportunities in this field. This program is intended to help students compete for jobs across the entire industry, and as part of the hands-on, real-world nature of the curriculum, students will work at businesses in which they will organize, direct and manage facilities for visitors and employees.


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7833 New York 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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