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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Robyn Ceurvorst

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Robyn CeurvorstAssistant Professor

Phone: 507-389-3201


  • Ph.D., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 2010

  • M.S., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism, Colorado State University, 2004

  • B.A., Leisure, Youth and Human Services, Outdoor Recreation, 2002


  • Resource Management

  • (RPLS) Natural Resource Management Learning Community

Area of Research Interest:

Natural Resource Recreation Planning and Management

Natural Resource Recreation Policy and Human Dimensions

Outdoor Environmental Education and Interpretation

Outdoor Recreation/Adventure Risk Management, Skills, Safety, Survival, Rescue, and Accessibility

Curriculum Design and Assessment

Experiential Pedagogy & Project-based Learning

Courses Taught

FYE 100 First Year Experience

RPLS 272 Introduction to RPLS

RPLS 278 Leisure and Lifestyle

RPLS 282 Wildlife as a Recreation Resource

RPLS 350 Interpretation Methods

RPLS 378 Commercial Recreation and Tourism

RPLS 471W/571 Research Design in RPLS

RPLS 475/475 Public Land Use Policies

RPLS 478-578 Review of Outdoor Recreation Research

RPLS 479/579 Wildland Recreation Management

*RPLS 485 Workshop in Prairie Restoration

*RPLS 490 Cultural Awareness in RPLS: Irish Indigenous Sport

*Summer elective courses


My teaching pedagogy in recreation, parks and leisure services, natural resource recreation management utilizes experiential outdoor education techniques. Students are encouraged to engage in healthy lifestyle choices, environmental conservation behavior, and connection with real-world issues to create future solutions. My courses engage students in innovative service-leaning and practical field experiences which support academic growth, personal development, job marketability, technology competency, and sustainable communities. 

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician, River Guide, Water, Avalanche, Skiing and Rock Climbing Safety Instruction
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Natural Resources Hunting Firearms Safety Instruction
  • American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, Wilderness and Remove Areas of Medicine Instruction