The Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation offers degrees in both Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the Bachelors and Masters level. Our overall mission is to prepare students for careers in the recreation profession while simultaneously instilling an appreciation for the role of quality leisure in people's lives.  Recreation Management students are trained to eventually assume middle management positions in government recreation/parks, for-profit enterprises, tourism businesses, or non-profit recreation organizations. Therapeutic Recreation students become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who are trained to help individuals with physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral disabilities. They assume positions in hospitals, geriatric centers, drug rehabilitation centers, correctional institutions, and community centers.

Our Department has been nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1988.

A quick tour of our program web pages within this website will help you better understand our degree programs and career opportunities in recreation.  Thank you for your interest in Recreation at UW-La Crosse.

What's new in Recreation Management

Students in the community emphasis class, REC 304: Maintenance of Recreation Facilities, set out one afternoon to help the River Alliance of Wisconsin identify and remove Water Hyacinh from Pettibone Lagoon. The invasive species is prohibited in Wisconsin, and can cause a lot of harm to the local ecosystem.

What's new in Therapeutic Recreation

Dr. Kil's nature-based therapy class assisting the Outdoor Recreation Alliance with some Hixon Forest trail maintenance. Learning about the value of nature-based therapy walks while helping to maintain the assets necessary to facilitate the activity.