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    Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Matters


    About the Institute

    The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University does research, outreach, and teaching focused on outdoor recreation and tourism management — inside Utah and beyond its borders. Our work focuses on the social and economic trade-offs associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands. Since our founding in 1998, we’ve been awarded several millions of dollars in grants, maintained an active outreach program, and trained some of the nation’s leading outdoor recreation and resource managers.

    The Institute’s academic program offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Recreation Resource Management. Our academic program also contributes to Environment and Society, a doctoral program offered within the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.

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    Academic Programs

    The Institute’s globally-unique degree programs focus on outdoor recreation management. We offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the USU College of Natural Resources. Teamed with the Department of Environment and Society, the Institute offers a focused doctorate.

    Delicate Arch at NightOutreach Programs

    At the Institute, we work to understand the social and economic impacts of recreation and tourism. Our researchers measure the trade-offs and consequences of these activities and share that knowledge with others. We provide data, information, and practical advice to managers and the general public. 

    CanyoneeringResearch Programs

    Recreation managers are asked to benefit users and preserve natural areas. At the Institute, we assist in this task by combining rigorously collected data with credible and scientific models. We are forging new ground by blending the natural and social sciences.