The Relevance of Campus Outdoor Recreation Programs to Higher Education: A University of Utah Example


  • Daniel Dustin
  • Nate Furman University of Utah
  • Nate Bricker
  • John Cederquist
  • Scott Schumann



cognitive functioning, experiential learning, physical activity, recreation


This paper illustrates the relevance of campus recreation to higher education through a University of Utah case study. Offering Utah’s Experiential Learning and Outdoor Recreation Education (U-EXPLORE) program as our exemplar, we advance four lines of thought. First, we establish the relationship between an active body and an active mind. Second, we describe the manifestation of this relationship through U-EXPLORE. Third, we discuss the practical benefits of offering campus recreation programs that include a strong educational focus. Fourth, we conclude by emphasizing why recreation in particular is an ideal context for nurturing pastimes that unite mind and body and promote lifelong human growth and development. 


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