Professor Graefe receives national park and recreation award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Alan Graefe, professor of recreation, park and tourism management at Penn State, has been selected by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive the 2013 Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research. NRPA will present the award to Graefe at a special reception at the association’s 2013 Congress & Exposition in Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

"It's wonderful to see Alan Graefe receiving such a prestigious, national award," said Ann C. Crouter, the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development. "His research tackles important issues at the intersection of human activity and the natural environment -- a key issue for the nation's parks, forests and other public lands. Alan has also been very committed to training the next generation of park and recreation scholars, ensuring that his ideas will have ripple effects for years to come." 

The Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Award for Excellence in Recreation and Park Research is presented once a year to an individual whose contributions to research in the field of parks and recreation have significantly advanced the cause of the parks and recreation movement and whose dedication to the field parallels the same dedication and zeal toward parks, recreation and conservation that was exhibited by the presidents after whom the award is named. 

Graefe teaches and conducts research in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management. His principal research interests involve the application of social science to various aspects of recreation resources planning and management. His recent work has focused on visitor management studies on public lands in Pennsylvania and in the National Forests of the northwest region of the United States.

Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State in 1985, Graefe was an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation at the University of Maryland from 1980 to 1984. He received a bachelor's degree in ecosystems analysis/biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1973, and master's and doctorate degrees in recreation and resources development from Texas A&M University in 1977 and 1980, respectively.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 30,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.


Last Updated January 09, 2015