Program Description


Create opportunities for nature appreciation, physical fitness and ecological preservation

Frostburg State University’s bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks management is the ideal program for students who like the idea of working outdoors away from a traditional office setting. It is great preparation for a career in our national parks, serving as a guide or planning nature experiences for tour groups, vacationers or classes. It is also an excellent pathway to a future providing community recreation programs that help young and old be active, creative and pursue healthy lifestyles.

The program emphasizes service learning, experiential education and learning by doing. Many students obtain internships with organizations where they position themselves to transition directly into their desired careers. Students have obtained internships with many organizations in the Maryland region. Other internship sites include Europe, Japan and most of the western states.

You will develop an area of specialization in your choice of four popular concentrations. Or, instead of a concentration, you may choose to complete a minor or a double major in a complementary field such as business or psychology. The program is also available as a minor.

  • Participate in a program accredited by the NRPA/AALR, the professional organization of the discipline. It is one of only 100 programs in the country that meet the accreditation standards.
  • Explore professional opportunities in these and other venues: resorts, theme parks, visitor and convention bureaus, local park and recreation departments, state parks, national parks and other protected natural areas, campus recreation and wellness centers, urban recreation centers, youth development organizations, therapeutic and inclusive recreation programs, corporate wellness programs, camps and outdoor leadership schools.
  • Choose from four concentrations to individualize your degree:
    Community Program Delivery
    Adventure Sports
    Hospitality Management and Tourism
    Therapeutic Recreation

Bachelor in Recreation and Parks Management Highlights:

  • Complete an internship working in locations such as Utah’s state forests, Alaska’s adventure sports industry, YMCAs, Disney resorts, state parks and local recreation departments.
  • Engage in extensive hands-on experiences planning nature and recreation programs, organizing fundraisers such as the “I Swim for Bob” scholarship event and assisting community recreation programs such as the Cumberland Halloween Costume Competition or Discover Allegany Outdoors.
  • Attend a professional parks and recreation conference where you will meet others in the field and begin building your professional network.
  • Join the campus Recreation Society that engages in outdoor sports, hosts speakers from the field, encourages discussion of timely topics such as nature preservation and explores career opportunities.
  • Get creatively involved with the Evergreen Heritage Center and other such organizations providing design recommendations for learning stations and creating models to enhance the public’s engagement with the natural world.

About Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University is a comprehensive, student-centered institution dedicated to providing a quality education that leads to real-world success. We put a focus on experiential learning and student individuality, helping each student discover and realize his or her unique goals. Our programs prepare future leaders to meet the challenges of a complex and changing global society. FSU works towards regional and statewide economic and workforce development. We draw students from all counties in Maryland, as well as other states and foreign countries. Our programs promote cultural enrichment, civic responsibility and sustainability in the Frostburg community, the Western Maryland region and beyond. FSU is an institution of the University System of Maryland, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It is the only four-year institution of USM west of the Baltimore-Washington corridor.