Yosemite National Park

Parks, Recreation and Sport (Natural Resource Recreation Management)

I am Interested in This Major

The public’s desire for quality of life, the pursuit of happiness and for well organized leisure activities drives a $600 billion marketplace supporting parks and recreation, more than $152 billion in sport management, and a $1.3 trillion investment in tourism. Students interested in Parks Recreation and Sport are individuals who are active, involved in sports and the great outdoors, and enjoy travel. The BS in Parks, Recreation & Sport with an emphasis in Natural Resource Recreation Management focuses on the combination of natural and social sciences, and the management of people and natural resources in parks, forests, refuges, and reservoirs. Areas of study include outdoor recreation, methods of interpretation, and land management. Professionals in natural resource recreation management hold integral roles in operations, visitor management, protection and administration of our federal, state, and local outdoor recreation resources.  Outdoor and natural resource recreation managers are employed by local, state, and federal agencies such as state and federal park systems. Responsibilities include managing natural and cultural resources, providing information and education, park operations, planning and design, and outdoor programming.  Possible careers include ranger, education/outreach, naturalist, outdoor skills specialist, landscape maintenance, program supervisor, and grants/contract administrator.

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: