Recreation-Natural Resources Management (B.S.)

What is this degree?

Do you enjoy the Outdoors? A degree in Recreation-Natural Resources Management allows graduates to find rewarding jobs with various federal and state land management agencies, municipal parks and adventure programming companies. Graduates become stewards of the natural environment while educating the public on the importance of nature.  


Why would I want to get this degree at Henderson?

The Recreation Program at Henderson State University provides very unique learning opportunities for students with a passion for Natural Resource Management.  Located near the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, Arkadelphia has many opportunities for outdoor recreation and the various natural resource management agencies provide hands-on learning experiences.  A degree earned at Henderson State University will provide the distinction of a diverse learning opportunity as Henderson State University is the only Public Liberal Arts University for the State of Arkansas.   


What does the degree prepare me to do?

Recreation-Natural Resource Management graduates work in a variety of outdoor recreation, experiential education and adventure programming settings.  Student employment opportunities connected to Recreation-Natural Resource Management are numerous.  They include:


  • Arkansas State Parks
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Adventure Camps
  • Commercial Recreation Businesses
  •  University Recreation



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Chris considers professors Lynn Stanley, Woody Jolley, Patrick Wempe, and the late Dr. McAfee, his most influential instructors. “Each one taught me, in their own way, many of the leadership techniques and philosophies I put to use on daily basis.”

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Chris RatcliffBachelor of Science - Recreation (Leisure Services Management), 2005
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