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BS in Recreation Administration

In 1955 Sacramento State graduated its first Recreation Administration (RA) students for what would become the RA Concentration in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration. This gives RA a long and proud history in the Sacramento region.

This concentration offers focus areas and certificate programs to help students select courses that will best match their academic and career interests.

With this degree you can focus in one of these four areas:

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor recreation and adventure education courses focus on the basics of outdoor skills, leadership development, and experiential education through travel in the rich variety of river, mountain and coastal recreation areas in the Sacramento region. Students who take courses in this area are often considering work as: outdoor and environmental educators, camp counselors, and managers, as well as, other areas where learning happens that is experiential in nature. Organizations that often employ our students as interns and field educators include: Sac State’s Peak Adventures, Sac State’s Aquatic Center, local rock-climbing gyms, a variety of Girl Scout, Boy Scout and other summer camps, and environmental education schools such as Sly Park Environmental Education Center.

Municipal Recreation and Non-Profit Administration

These courses focus on skills needed for working with public recreation and park agencies at the city, county, regional, and state levels (e.g., city or county Department of Parks and Recreation), special districts (e.g., East Bay Regional Park District) and/or non-profit agencies (e.g., after-school programs, fundraising events, programs for seniors, summer camps, etc.). Students who take courses in this area are being trained for positions that involve planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating comprehensive recreation programs in public and nonprofit settings.

2021 Sac State Aquatic Center Summer Camp

Natural Resources

Natural resource courses focus on approaches various government agencies and non-profits use to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and protect natural resources. Examples include California State Parks, the US the Forest Service, the National Park Service, Sacramento County Regional Parks, and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Students who take courses in this area are often considering positions as park rangers, public land managers, interpreters of natural and cultural history, game wardens, and outdoor recreation planners. The Outdoor Field Camp program is a travelling mobile classroom used to give students a chance to learn about protection of environmental and cultural resources onsite at places such as Yosemite Valley, Lake Tahoe, the north coast redwood parks, and Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.

Park Ranger

Experiential Education

Experiential Education is a teaching philosophy in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and encourage individuals to contribute to their communities. In the RPTA department, there are many opportunities for experiential learning. These experiences happen in the classroom, on field trips, through internships, and community engagements. Experiential education helps connect theory with "real life" practical experiences, enriching knowledge and addressing the various learning styles of students.

two students in a kayak

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