Garrett Hutson, PhD

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: STH 342
905 688 5550 x4784

My research interests centre on understanding the complexities of person-environment relationships and their impacts on a variety of outdoor recreation contexts and settings. Through much of my work I aim to highlight the social-ecological significance of outdoor experiential programs to the study of sustainability and society. I currently serve as the Chair of the Trail Assets and Tourism Initiative, which is a partnership between Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, the Ontario Trails Council, and the Niagara Parks Commission. The goal of the partnership is to enhance the benefits of trails to improve the capacity of the Niagara Parks Commission in the contexts of natural assets and trail tourism. I teach undergraduate courses on leadership, risk management, and outdoor education and work with graduate students who have wide ranging interests.

  • Place meanings
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Experiential education

Baird, J., Hutson, G., & Plummer, R. (in press). Examining the potential of connections to nature as an outcome of NOLS. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

Hutson, G., Peredun, L., & Rochelle, S. (2019). The impact of NOLS Rocky Mountain on the development of a sense of place. Journal of Experiential Education, 42(4), 382-397.

Martin, B., Hutson, G, & Goldenberg, M. (2018). Outdoor and adventure recreation. In T. Tapps, & M.S. Wells, (Eds.), Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3rd. ed.), (pp. 325-359). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Hutson, G., & Howard, R. (2018). Risk communication in protected areas: Baseline practices for outdoor recreation. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 10(3), 187-196.

Hutson, G., & Howard, R. (2015). Weaving place meanings into outdoor recreation sustainability: The case of the Niagara Glen. In S. Gammon, & S. Elkington, (Eds.), Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place and Identities (pp. 176-191). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave-McMillan.

Cordes, K., & Hutson, G. (2015). Outdoor recreation: Enrichment for a lifetime. Champaign, IL: Sagamore.

Hutson, G. (2014). Sense of place. In J. O’Donnell (Ed.), National Outdoor Leadership School Environmental Educator Notebook (pp. 46-48). Lander, WY: The National Outdoor Leadership School.

Howard, R., & Hutson, G. (2013). The significance of place in John Muir’s wilderness writings. Illuminaire, 11(1), 60-68.

Hutson, G. (2012). The seeds of Leave No Trace grow well beyond the backcountry. In M. Wagstaff, & B. Martin (Eds.), Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming (pp. 243-247). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Hutson, G., Anderson L., Breunig, M., O’Connell, T., Todd, S., Young, A. (2012). A qualitative exploration of sense of community through reflective journals during wilderness outdoor education curricula. Research in Outdoor Education, 11, 1-17.

  • Advanced Wilderness Program Planning
  • Environmental and Ecological Literacy
  • Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Issues in Outdoor Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation Theory and Practices
  • Outdoor Recreation Resource Management
  • Risk Management in Recreation
  • Wilderness First Responder Challenge for Credit