RPM: Park & Recreation Resource Management

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."  Henry David Thoreau

Welcome to Park and Recreation Resource Management (commonly called "Outdoor Recreation" by department faculty). Electives in this area of the Recreation and Park Management Concentration focus on skills needed for working with agencies that provide opportunities for outdoor recreation (e.g., the Forest Service), agencies that manage natural resources (e.g., the National Park Service), and agencies that plan for and manage outdoor recreation experiences and resources (e.g., the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Planning Division). Students take courses in Ecology of Resource Areas, Environmental Interpretation and Outdoor Education, and Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation Settings.

In addition to the RPM core courses (see the university catalog), courses for students interested in Park and Recreation Resource Management may include:

  • RPTA   34 – The Outdoor Recreation Experience (GE Area E)
  • RPTA 148 – Experiential Education in Outdoor Recreation Settings
  • RPTA 149 – Developing and Programming Adventure Experiences
  • RPTA 150 – Ecology of Resource Areas
  • RPTA 151 – Visitor Management in Recreation Areas
  • RPTA 152 - Law Enforcement for Forest and Park Rangers
  • RPTA 153 – Environmental Interpretation and Outdoor Education
  • RPTA 196C - Rock Climbing

Please note that the above courses are typically offered only once a year in either the fall or spring semester. Supportive courses (electives) can be freely exchanged between electives in Community Recreation Management; Park and Recreation Resource Management; and Commercial Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management.

RPTA 100 and RPTA 122 do not count towards the major.


Recreation and Park Management requires 600 hours of pre-internship and a 400 hour internship. Students in Park and Recreation Resource Management take advantage of the outdoor focus and find internships in locations throughout the state of California with National Parks, the US Forest Service, California State Parks, Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies that manage outdoor lands.

Park and Recreation Resource (Outdoor Recreation) Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty

The department works closely with experts in the field to provide additional course experiences for students. We are happy to have this practitioners working with us in RPTA!

  • Mr. Jason DeWall | Law Enforcement & Emergency Svcs., California State Parks 
  • Mr. Adam Elfstrand | Manager and Climbing Coach, Granite Arch Climbing Center
  • Mr. Guy Galante | Education Director, Soil Born Farms
  • Mr. Richard Valdez | Associate Professor, Physical Education and Recreation Management, Sierra College
  • Mrs. Jael Young | Director, Peak Adventures 

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Hike to Parker Lake

Students in the Ecology of Resource Areas course experience a hike to Parker Lake in the Eastern Sierra. Learning California's natural areas first-hand enhances student success in the field. 


The RPTA Field CAMPus allows students to stay several days in a wilderness location while meeting with managers, rangers and interpreters in the field.