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Outdoor Recreation Programs

Director of the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism     
R. Koster
Professors: M.E. Johnston
Associate Professors: L. Curthoys,
  R. Koster,
  R.H. Lemelin,
  T.G. Potter,
  M.S. Yuan
Adjunct Professors: J. Dawson,
  L. Hunt
Professors Emeriti of Outdoor Recreation: R.J. Payne,
  J.E.P. Smithers,
  T.W. Stevens,

The School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism (ORPT) provides a venue for research and study in all aspects of natural resource recreation. Committed to the principles of respect and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge, the School promotes academic and professional growth through shared responsibility for learning and an emphasis on the application of knowledge in the wider community. The School offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary program which combines theoretical and applied experiences relevant to the pursuit and provision of recreation opportunities in the natural environment. The School prides itself on graduating proficient and ethically-responsible practitioners who serve the community and themselves and who have the ability to think critically, to solve problems and to undertake research.

The Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation program at Lakehead University offers students unique opportunities to study and understand leisure in the natural environment. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in outdoor recreation, parks and tourism and related fields. Through a combination of field and classroom activities, the curriculum allows students opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to function effectively in challenging positions and to contribute in positive ways to the recreational interactions of people with the environment.

Students may pursue one of the three concentrations - outdoor leadership, parks or tourism - offered by the School. Also available are three double degree programs, offered jointly by the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism and each of the following departments: the Department of Biology; the Department of Geography; the Department of History; and the Department of Women's Studies.


The following Outdoor Recreation programs are offered:
Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation - Transfer - Confederation College Tourism-Travel and Eco-Adventure Diploma (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation - Transfer - Dawson College Community Recreation and Leadership Training Diploma (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation - Transfer - Georgian College Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation - Transfer - Georgian College Tourism-Marketing and Product Development Diploma (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation - Transfer - Sault College Adventure Recreation and Parks Technician (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (with Concentration in Nature-Based Therapeutic Recreation) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (with Concentration in Nature-Based Therapeutic Recreation) – Transfer – Confederation College Recreation Therapy Diploma (TB)
BA (Geography Major)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
BA (History Major)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
BSc (Natural Science Major)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
BA (Women's Studies)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation (TB)
Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation 4 Yr (TB)
HBOR, BEd (Outdoor Recreation) P/J(TB)
HBOR, BEd (Outdoor Recreation) I/S(TB)