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Recreation Outdoor And Event Management Comprehensive

The Recreation, Outdoor and Event Management program is designed to prepare students for careers in organizations that plan programs, activities and events, and manage natural resources, parks and recreation facilities.  The four specialization options include:

Recreation Management – for students interested in working with activities and events, such as youth and adult sports leagues, community events, aquatics, arts and crafts, and cultural programs.

Event Management – for students interested in planning special events, both indoors and outdoors (community celebrations, conferences, sporting events, parades and weddings.)

Natural Resource Management – for students interested in managing parks, camps and natural areas, as well as visitors to those areas

Outdoor Pursuits – for students interested in the multitude of outdoor activities–traditional (hunting and fishing), as well as the more modern adventure activities (rock climbing, kayaking, etc.)


  • Recreation program planner
  • Wedding or events planner
  • Environmental education
  • Outdoor resources manager
  • State and national parks ranger or interpreter
  • Summer camp director/programmer
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist
  • Outdoor trip leader
  • Hotel front desk manager
  • Conference or convention coordinator


80% Full-time



  • YMCA of the Rockies
  • St. Joe Club and Resort
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Via Christe Assisted Living Center
  • City of Kearney Parks and Recreation
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Life Adventure Center
  • State Parks and Recreation Areas throughout Nebraska
  • Offutt Air Force Base
  • City of Omaha Parks and Recreation
  • Mountain Thunder Lodge
Megan Patrick

"Through my experience at UNK, I met some of my best friends. Whether we bonded because we both had to take Dr. Unruh’s 8 a.m.’s, or we both struggled to keep up with all the assignments in Dr. Bickford’s classes, we will be friends for the long haul. My favorite memory though would have to be the two week outdoor adventure class. We took three buses down to Arkansas and had the most memorable and lasting experiences I have ever had. First paddling experience, first Eureka Springs adventure… these memories helped mold the fabric of my life.  I did my internship at Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass and got hired full time after my internship was over."

Megan Patrick