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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services
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Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services sounds like a department of fun and games—and indeed it's a fun field of study. Graduates find rewarding jobs at national parks, resorts, sports facilities, theme parks, community centers, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and other recreational venues where they have fun on a daily basis. They work outdoors, indoors, and even in clinical settings, but they're rarely tied to a desk from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students here at the only nationally accredited undergraduate RPLS program in the state learn the science behind the play. They also learn how to help people live well and flourish, and how to manage natural resources for people's enjoyment now and for generations to come. Learn more »


Thanks to the outstanding RPLS program and faculty, I've made a career of traveling around the world setting up foreign port tours and hotel stays. It doesn't get much better than this!

Gina Bilitz '06,
Afloat Recreation Specialist "Fun Boss"

"RPLS provides the necessary tools to incorporate the public's needs and views when managing natural resources."

Ryan Wersal, Research Associate II,
Geosystems Research Institute