About Our Program
Utah State University was the first university in the country to offer an academic course on managing outdoor recreation opportunities. Since our first classes were offered in the 1930s, USU has trained professionals who go on to careers with federal and state land management agencies, city and county governments, non-profit organizations, and private outfitting and guiding companies.
Students coming out of the Recreation Resource Management program at Utah State University are equipped with the knowledge and skills to manage public and private lands for the sustainable supply of high-quality outdoor recreation experiences. We train students on how to monitor visitor use in outdoor recreation settings, understand the ecological impacts of outdoor recreation use, understand how large-scale environmental changes influence outdoor recreation participation, and develop theoretically-grounded communication strategies focused on achieving conservation outcomes.