Recreation and Tourism Management students canoeing in Maine

Contact Us

Karen Beeftink
Associate Professor of Recreation and Tourism Management
(207) 255-1249
karen.beeftink@maine.edu

Why UMM?

  •  Diverse course offerings! Students are encouraged to choose complementary minors in conservation law, wilderness therapy, coaching or outdoor recreation.
  • Acquire nationally recognized certifications such as Leave No Trace Trainer, Wilderness First Responder, Red Cross EMR, Certified Interpretive Guide, and Sport First Aid.
  • Multiple trails and parks located near campus make for great outdoor classrooms. Some popular trips are to Acadia National Park, Bold Coast Trail, Machias River, St. John River, St. Croix River, and even bioluminescent sea kayaking in Castine Bay.
  • A backpacking trip through Patagonia in South America is offered biannually as an optional field trip.
  • Students work closely with game wardens, park rangers, and forest rangers to gain hands-on experience and make connections for internships and job opportunities.

About Careers

The Recreation and Tourism Management major provides an integrated study of recreation and tourism services that prepares students for careers ranging from game wardens to park interpreters, professional guides, recreation resource managers, camp directors, municipal recreation directors, nature-based tourism providers, fitness center directors, experiential educators, and many more. Students select our program at UMM because they love the hands-on nature of the coursework, the field work, the small class sizes, and placement in internships that gain them quality work experience by the time they graduate.

Our program emphasizes learning and leadership in a wide variety of environmental contexts. Students gain a broad understanding of leisure and recreation in our society while developing strong managerial skills. The curriculum is designed and selected with the expectation that graduates will leave UMM with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills pertinent to all areas within the leisure service industry (as “generalists”, rather than “specialists”). Yet, students have the opportunity to delve more deeply into their personal area of interest through our carefully designed concentrations and potential pursuit of cross-disciplinary minors and certificates.

Our program maintains a balance between analytical thinking and practical application as we prepare students for the profession. You will become very involved in campus and community stewardship and programming through many service projects over the course of your studies. These projects, such as the Machias Haunted Forest and the Washington County Special Olympics, allow you to learn through experience while benefiting the local community.

We take great pride in our personal approach to education and our Down East location. Our location on the coast among coves, rivers, lakes, and forests lends itself to the enjoyment of outdoor recreational experiences and, therefore, to unique experiential learning opportunities, particularly for future recreation professionals.