The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation prepares recreation, park, and leisure services professionals to enhance health, wellness, and quality of life among individuals and communities through excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement.


We aim to shape individuals and communities to be healthy, active, inclusive, and empowered through recreation and parks.


We are guided by the execution of our mission and vision by the following fundamental values.

  • Recreation as a basic human need and right of all people
  • Enhanced health, wellness, and quality-of-life for individuals and communities
  • Human growth and development through opportunities for self-expression, creativity, and self-determination
  • Protection and equitable access to parks, open space, and other natural resources
  • Inclusive communities