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Welcome to the Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources (RPTR) Program at West Virginia University!

We are a recognized leader in training the future managers of recreation, park, and tourism areas and organizations in America and internationally. With a rich tradition of 56 years as an academic program at West Virginia University, we are proud of our contributions to enhancing the economic, community, and citizen welfare of West Virginia and beyond.

In the Spotlight …

  • We have added three NEW GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES>>
  • WVU has inaugurated a zipline canopy tour in the West Virginia University Research Forest, the first of its kind for any US university. A second feature story can also be found here
  • Alumnus Jesse Mestrovic, Assistant Superintendent at Tomlinson Run State Park, discusses the park’s newly developed Disc Golf course. Read more>>>
  • The Division has been awarded a grant for $16,000 to help fund the creation of a new summer course, Wilderness Immersion: Native American Ecology. Read More>>>
  • An RPTR grad with a Ph.D. in Forest Resource Science, Dr. Jason Siniscalchi has developed three iPhone apps with the assistance of MEDL Mobile. Over 30,000 copies have been downloaded. See WVU Alum Creates iPhone Apps for Nature Lovers, You may also see videos here and here.
  • RPTR Students Studying Abroad: Read about the experiences and observations of our students studying in Germany and Austria. Read More>>

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