Department Information

Sharon Todd
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213-A
Phone: 607-753-4941
Fax: 607-753-5982
Camp Huntington, located in Raquette Lake, New York

William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental Outdoor Education

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, SUNY Cortland’s educational facilities on Raquette Lake include the Antlers lodge, Kirby Camp and Huntington Memorial Camp, the only National Historic Landmark in the SUNY system. This unique learning environment is great for research activities, teacher workshops and high school classes.

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Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies

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When you major in one of our recreation programs, you follow in the footsteps of a long line of leaders in the field.

Our faculty are highly respected teachers and scholars who will give you the personal attention you need to succeed. You’ll have the opportunity to do internships and fieldwork in parks, hospitals, recreation departments and other settings in the U.S. and abroad.

Our definition of “classroom” is extremely broad — you can get academic credit for kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.

Cortland has the longest-running and most comprehensive recreation program in New York and is one of only three U.S. colleges with national accreditation in all four of its recreation majors.

Our alumni network of accomplished professionals, combined with your Cortland degree, will put you on the path to a rewarding career.

New Online Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015. Learn more about the online certificate and how to apply.

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Check out the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland

Funded in part by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors

Housed at SUNY Cortland, the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors is a national leaders in outdoor education. Check out CEO

Community Bike Project

Visit the Community Bike Project site to learn more about the SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project.

Student Profile


Katy Rendinaro

During an internship at Cortland Regional Medical Center, Katy helped patients with rehabilitation activities that ranged from horticulture projects to a therapeutic drum circle. “That was super cool,” she says.

Read More About Katy Rendinaro

Cortland Recreation Conference

The 65th Annual Cortland Recreation Conference, will be held November 12 and 13, 2015!

Conference Website