College Catalog Fall 2004 - Spring 2006
Natural Resource Recreation & Sports

The Field

The Natural Resource Recreation and Sports curriculum provides students the opportunity to obtain a general background in leisure studies and to focus their studies on one of five concentrations: Recreation and Sports Management, Adventure Recreation, Park and Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Science and Forestry (2+2), or Forest Technology (1+1). The program is designed to prepare students for post-graduation careers while at the same time offering the flexibility for students to transfer to four-year colleges.

Each of the program concentrations offers students a number of opportunities. In addition to the theoretical background associated with each of the concentrations, students of the Natural Resource Recreation and Sports (NRRS) program gain a tremendous amount of practical experience that is applicable to numerous leisure-oriented jobs. Graduates of the program find opportunities as park managers, recreation leaders, aquatics specialists, campground managers, sports specialists, outdoor adventure guides, park rangers, fitness or sport center directors, social directors, activity directors in therapeutic and resort settings, outdoor educators, recreation therapy aides, conservation officers, and many more. These concentrations are also designed to assist students in obtaining various certifications relative to the field, including NYS guiding license, kayaking instructor, wilderness first aid, and adventure program facilitator, among others.

Students who successfully complete the program receive either an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, with the exception of the Forest Technology concentration. For those students wishing to continue on for a bachelor's degree, the NRRS program has developed tremendous rapport with many four-year colleges and universities, both in and out of state. This is illustrated by the program's 96% placement record following graduation (October 1999, Program Review). Graduates of the NRRS program are prepared to be certified as Recreation Associates by the National Recreation and Park Association, provided they have completed the necessary work experience requirement.

Visit the program on the World Wide Web at http://parks.delhi.edu.

Educational Resources

The main campus has excellent recreational facilities. Farrell Hall is home to the College's gymnasium, weight rooms, theater, art rooms, and commuter lounge. An indoor pool and racquetball courts are located in adjacent Kunsela Hall. The campus also has several outdoor soccer, baseball, and softball fields. Also located on the main campus are an air structure (which houses tennis and basketball courts, an indoor track, and an indoor driving range), outdoor tennis courts, and an outdoor track.

The lower campus includes an 18-hole golf course with practice putting green and driving range, two fishing streams, picnic area, and hiking and horseback riding trails. Adjacent to the lower campus is the Catskill Outdoor Education Center, a 50-acre interpretive center that includes 2 miles of trails, a small amphitheater, an outdoor classroom, and various sitting and picnic areas.

Other educational resources at the program's disposal are a 100-acre arboretum that acts as a natural laboratory featuring special woodland interpretive trails and wildlife planting trails, and the John Lennox Demonstration Forest, the oldest conifer plantation of its type in New York State, covering about 185 acres.

The Instructional Program

The core courses of the NRRS program emphasize theoretical and practical application of park, recreation, leisure, physical education, and natural resource management. Small class sizes allow for more individual contact between instructors and students. This one-on-one, hands-on atmosphere is the cornerstone of the program. Additional hands-on experience comes from the Catskill Outdoor Education Corps (COEC). This AmeriCorps project provides NRRS program students with an outstanding amount of instructional and resource support. The COEC also allows students the opportunity to gain valuable field-related experience through various community service projects such as trail development and outdoor education programming.

Program faculty also view student advisement as one of their most important responsibilities. Students can fully develop the coursework necessary for their concentration while at the same time addressing individual interests and needs through consultation with their faculty advisor.

Recreation and Sports Management

The Recreation and Sports Management concentration is aimed at that student who wishes to pursue a career in sports, recreation, and physical education outside of teaching. In close consultation with their advisor, students are offered the opportunity to tailor their program of study to suit their career aspirations. Whether this aspiration is coaching, working within a front office of a professional team, or in facility management, the Recreation and Sports Management concentration allows the student enough flexibility to engage in a variety of coursework that can be aimed at each of these endeavors. Students who successfully complete this concentration receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and can also choose to enter the workforce or to continue their education at a baccalaureate-granting institution.

Adventure Recreation

The first and only degree (Associate in Applied Science-A.A.S.) of its kind in the SUNY system, the Adventure Recreation concentration offers students the opportunity to enter a dynamic and ever expanding field. This concentration is designed to incorporate all of the programming skills necessary to develop and operate a challenging and inviting adventure program. From a weekend backpacking excursion to a high-ropes course, students experience a plethora of adventure activities firsthand. From these experiences they develop a working encyclopedia of the tools necessary for success in the field.

Park and Outdoor Recreation

Designed to meet a variety of venues, this concentration prepares students for many different positions because of its flexibility in student design. Through chosen electives students can focus their studies on work environments such as state, local, and national park systems; municipal recreation; quasi-public recreation; or commercial recreation. Regardless of the direction, the student is offered post-graduate opportunities in the field or to continue on with their education. As with all of the concentrations within the program, practical experience is stressed.

SUNY ESF/Syracuse Connection

The Environmental Science and Forestry articulation program is designed for those students who ultimately desire a Bachelor of Science degree in the environmental sciences and/or forestry.

After the first two years of study at Delhi, students may transfer to a four-year college and major in one of the following programs: biological sciences (botany and forest pathology, entomology, zoology, wildlife biology, silvics, pest management); chemistry (natural and synthetic polymers, biochemistry and natural products, environmental); forest engineering; paper science and engineering; wood products engineering; forestry (resource management, forest resource science, management science, environmental education and communication, urban forestry, world forestry, and applied resource management).

Delhi has a special cooperative program with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) at Syracuse for transfer. Successful graduates of Delhi's Environmental Science and Forestry option receive an A.A.S. in Liberal Arts and generally gain admission with full junior class status to ESF as well as other four-year colleges.

Delhi also offers a one-plus-one concentration for students who desire an A.A.S. degree in Forest Technology through ESF's School of Forest Technology at Wanakena. Students receive a liberal arts background with an emphasis in mathematics and science during the first year of study at Delhi. The second year is spent at ESF's Wanakena Campus, located on the western edge of the Adirondack Mountains. Courses at Wanakena are almost totally technical in nature, and 50 percent of students' studies are devoted to field exercises.

Career opportunities for program graduates include jobs as assistant forest rangers, forestry aides, forest technicians, and loggers.

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Park and Outdoor Recreation

A.A.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1564

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 100

Orientation to Recreation and Physical Education

1

PRKM 110

Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education

3

PRKM 130

Program Planning and Leadership for Recreation and Physical Education

3

PRKM 255

Park and Recreation Maintenance Management

3

BIOL 140

Field Biology

4

ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

3

 

Total

17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM ___

Concentration Electives

6

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

LARC 120

Landscape Graphics

2

BIOL 105

Wildlife of North America

3

____ ___

Lab Science Elective

4

 

Total

17

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

PRKM 210

Outdoor Education and Camping

4

PRKM 230

Park and Recreation Internship I

3

PRKM ___

Concentration Electives

5

BIOL 110

Environmental Issues

3

 

Total

18

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 200

Design and Development of Park and Recreation Facilities

3

PEDH ___

Physical Education Activity Elective

1

PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Management

3

MATH ___

Mathematics by placement

3-4

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

____ ___

Humanities/Social Science Elective

3

 

Total

16-17

Degree Requirement: 68 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma and have completed Mathematics Course A and one year of biology (preferably Regents level or equivalent).

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Adventure Recreation

A.A.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1563

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 100

Orientation to Recreation and Physical Education

1

PRKM 110

Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education

3

PRKM 130

Program Planning and Leadership for Recreation and Physical Education

3

PRKM 128

Adventure Recreation I

1

PEDH 164

Lifeguard Training

3

 

or

 

PEDH 210

Wellness

2

BIOL ___

Lab Science Elective

4

ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

3

 

Total

17-18

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

____ ___

Concentration Electives

3-4

PRKM 129

Adventure Recreation II

1

PRKM 131

Adventure Recreation III

1

PRKM 145

Adventure Recreation Programming and Leadership

3

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

LARC 120

Landscape Graphics

2

____ ___

Lab Science Elective

4

 

Total

16-17

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

PRKM 210

Outdoor Education and Camping

4

PRKM 230

Park and Recreation Internship I

3

____ ___

Concentration Electives

4

TRVL 170

Tourism

3

 

Total

17

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 200

Design and Development of Park and Recreation Facilities

3

PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Management

3

PRKM 132

Adventure Recreation IV

1

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

____ ___

Humanities/Social Science Elective

3

MATH ___

Mathematics by placement

3-4

PEDH ___

Physical Education Activity Elective

1

 

Total

17-18

Degree Requirement: 68 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma and have completed Mathematics Course A and one year of biology (preferably Regents level or equivalent).

Natural Resource Recreation and Sports: Recreation and Sports Management

A.A.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1565

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 100

Orientation to Recreation and Physical Education

1

PRKM 110

Introduction to Recreation and Physical Education

3

PRKM 130

Program Planning and Leadership for Recreation and Physical Education

3

PEDH 152

Team Sports I

1

PEDH 200

Sports Officiating

2

BIOL ___

Lab Science Elective

4

ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

3

 

Total

17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM ___

Adventure Recreation Elective

1

LARC 120

Landscape Graphics

2

PEDH 110

Weight Training

1

PEDH 154

Team Sports II

1

PRKM ___

Concentration Electives 3-5

 

PEDH 127

Lifetime Sports II

1

PEDH ___

Swimming Elective

1-3

____ ___

Lab Science Elective

4

 

Total

14-18

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PEDH 220

First Aid

2

PRKM 210

Outdoor Education and Camping

4

PRKM 230

Park and Recreation Internship I

3

PRKM ___

Concentration Electives

3

PEDH 210

Wellness

2

PEDH 135

Fundamentals of Golf

1

MATH ___

Mathematics by placement

3-4

 

Total

18-19

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

PRKM 200

Design and Development of Park and Recreation Facilities

3

PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Management

3

PEDH 155

Fitness for Life

1

PEDH 126

Lifetime Sports I

1

____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

____ ___

Humanities/Social Science Elective

3

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

 

Total

17

Degree Requirement: 68 credit hours

Admission Requirements: Applicants must have a high school diploma and have completed Mathematics Course A and one year of biology (preferably Regents level or equivalent).

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Natural Resource Recreation and Sports A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Discuss the academic and career opportunities available in the field of park and outdoor recreation and have a working knowledge of how to utilize these opportunities.
  2. Discuss the philosophy, history, scope, and significance of the park and outdoor recreation movement.
  3. Select the appropriate sport, game, or outdoor activity for various situations in a park and/or recreational setting.
  4. Plan and supervise recreation programs for governmental, non-profit, and commercial agencies.
  5. Understand and apply fundamental concepts, principles, and procedures for the planning, development, and design of recreational resources, areas, and facilities.
  6. Understand and apply principles, techniques, and procedures in the design, programming, and operation of outdoor education and camping facilities.
  7. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of park and recreation administration.
  8. Understand the relationships between organisms and their physical and biological environments and the structure and function of ecosystems, communities, and populations.
  9. Demonstrate a thorough grounding in the theory and application of at least one specific area of the physical education discipline, such as cross country skiing, swimming, golf, tennis, fitness for life, team sports, volleyball, weight training, or badminton.
  10. Demonstrate practical experience in the field of parks and outdoor recreation management.
  11. Read blueprints and demonstrate basic drafting skills.
  12. Plan and execute a basic maintenance management plan.
  13. Develop and lead a recreation activity.
  14. Satisfy the educational requirements to be certified as a Recreational Associate with the National Recreation and Park Association.
  15. Plan a budget for a recreation program and/or facility.
  16. Develop a risk management plan for a recreation program and/or facility.
  17. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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Last Updated: 8/3/08