The Recreation and Parks Leadership Studies major offers career tracks in Recreation Leadership and Management and Cultural and Natural Resource Management. Through real-world experiences and in-classroom learning, the Recreation and Parks Leadership Studies program prepares students for fulfilling careers in this growing field.
The Department of Recreation and Parks Leadership Studies (RPLS) is situated within the College of Allied Health and Nursing (CAHN) at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The RPLS department was created in 1968 and the Bachelor of Science degree in the major has been continuously conferred for the past fifty years. The department is the only nationally accredited undergraduate RPLS program in the state.
The following is only a partial list of the many occupations available if you choose a career in RPLS.
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Camp Maverick - Rec N' Read is a recreation and literacy intervention camp designed to help struggling readers improve reading and writing skills while having fun and playing games.
The Rec Club works to promote relationships between students, faculty, and professionals.
Students in Action
Students in the Recreation and Parks Leadership Studies Department are offered many leadership opportunities.
The Field Experiences requires you to complete a total of 150 hours of professional experiences in a recreation and leisure service agency prior to applying for your practicum. The field experience is established with the assistance of your advisor. Field Experience Form
The Recreation Parks & Leisure Services faculty set you up for nothing but success... They go above and beyond by engaging their students in real-life experiences.
- Briana Spicer
A degree in Recreation Leadership and Management will prepare you to work in a wide variety of leisure service organizations with a particular focus on program planning, facilitation, and administration.
Students in Cultural and Natural Resource Management focus on the interactions of people and the natural world. A primary focus is how we can maintain natural areas for the enjoyment of people now and for generations to come, emphasizing access now while caring for our natural resources.