The Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management major provides an integrated study of outdoor recreation and tourism services that prepares students for careers ranging from park interpreters to recreation resource managers, camp directors, municipal recreation directors, nature-based tourism providers, hospitality & tourism managers, and many more. The program emphasizes learning and leadership in environmental contexts, through which you will gain strong managerial preparation. The overall learning objective of this program is to prepare you for professional positions in the fields of recreation and tourism by cultivating a broad understanding of leisure and recreation in our society while developing strong managerial skills. This program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association. Graduates are prepared to become Certified Park and Recreation Professionals, giving them national recognition.

You will become very involved in campus and community stewardship and programming through many service projects over the course of their studies. These projects, such as the East Machias River Race and the Machias Haunted Forest, allow you to learn through experience while benefiting the local community.

Opportunities also exist for intensive work experiences during either the summer or the regular academic year in such areas as ski operations, state and national parks, tourist bureaus, municipal recreation programs, summer camps, outfitting/guiding, programs or agencies serving people with special needs, YMCA or YWCA programs, commercial recreation enterprises, tourist resorts, the armed forces, and outdoor education centers.

The program offers the four following concentrations:

  • Conservation Law
  • Leisure Programming
  • Recreation & Natural Resources
  • Sport & Fitness Management: There are two distinct options (business and recreation) to prepare you for a career in Sport and Fitness management. The business option prepares you for a career focusing on the administration of sports in a corporate or office setting. The recreation option prepares you for a career focusing on the direct delivery of sports, fitness and recreation programs to participants.


The Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management program at UMM is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions, the accrediting body associated with the National Recreation and Park Association.

COAPRT is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Our program is currently celebrating 25 years of accreditation! We are the only nationally accredited recreation program in Maine (one of four programs in New England), and we are among 90 accredited institutions across the U.S.

Some of the benefits of choosing our COAPRT accredited program include:

  • Receiving an education that meets national standards
  • The opportunity to apply for professional certification
  • Professional development through conferences
  • Student involvement in professional organizations & activities
  • An active student organization focused on recreation programming
  • A social network of recreation professionals
  • Opportunities to be a part of advocacy on a large scale
  • The opportunity to join regional student groups

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management

Program Courses & Requirements


Contact Us

Karen Beeftink, Assistant Professor of Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management