Recreation Management

“Recreation Managers design and lead activities to help people stay active, improve fitness, and have fun. They work with staff and groups in summer camps, fitness and recreational sports centers, nursing care facilities, nature parks, and other settings. They may lead, or oversee staff leading, arts and crafts, sports, music, dramatics, or games. Recreation managers are employed in a variety of settings, including recreation centers, parks, summer camps, and nursing and residential care facilities. Employment of recreation workers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026.”- occupational outlook handbook

The National Recreation and Park Association is the primary professional organization for parks and recreation professionals in the United States. They provide advocacy, education, and resources for recreation professionals.

The New York State Recreation and Park Society provides education and resources primarily for those working in or interested in municipal recreation settings.

The Genessee Valley Recreation and Park Society is the regional chapter of our professional organization. They offer two conferences a year, provide scholarships to recreation students, and provide meaningful support for our program.

The Facebook page for the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at SUNY Brockport. Like us to see what we are up to!

American Camp Association

U.S Play Coalition

Tourism Management

“Tourism and event managers oversee activities related to the tourism and hospitality industries. Event planners coordinate all aspects of events including arranging event locations, food, décor, entertainment, transportation, and other details. Tourism and event managers also may be responsible for marketing tourism and event services to potential clients. Tourism and event managers must be knowledgeable and skilled in business administration functions (e.g. finance, human resources, marketing), management theories and principles, and tourism industry topics, such as travel motivation and environmental factors. Employment is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026.” -

Resort and Commercial Recreation Association provides education and resources to tourism professionals and maintains a list of elite internship opportunities.

Visit Rochester is the Destination Marketing Organization for the greater Rochester area.

The Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance is the Destination Marketing Organization for the Finger Lakes region.

The New York State Tourism Industry Association represents New York State’s tourism industry through collaboration, research, legislative awareness, and exceptional marketing. They provide education opportunities and resources for tourism organizations and professionals throughout the state.

Resort and Commercial Recreation Association

Therapeutic Recreation

“Recreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. These therapists use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being. Recreational therapists work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and government parks and recreation departments. Employment of recreational therapists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026.” - occupational outlook handbook

American Therapeutic Recreation Association is the primary professional association for TR professionals. The website includes educational tools, professional resources, and a job board.

Therapeutic Recreation Directory includes TR tools and resources, links, job postings, and more.

The New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association is the state level organization for TR professionals.

National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification

American Therapeutic Recreation Association