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 programming to the study of sustainability and society. I remain fascinated by how organized outdoor educational programs and outdoor recreation communities of practice can both help build environmentally sustainable and human health-focused relationships to natural outdoor environments. I work with provincial partners such as the Ontario Alliance of Climbers, the Ontario Trails Council, and various park agencies to help address outdoor recreation conflicts with solutions-oriented dialogue. I teach undergraduate courses on leadership, risk management, and outdoor education and work with graduate students who have wide ranging interests.

  • Trail management
  • Place meanings
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Experiential education

Witkowski, S., Plummer, R., & Hutson, G. (2022). Influences of engaging in a participatory monitoring and evaluation process on stakeholder perceptions of key performance indicators for trails. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 40(1), 115-133.

Carter, D. P., Hutson, G., Lam, P., Rose, J., & Furman, N. (2020). The self-governance challenges facing climbers with examples from Utah, Colorado, and Ontario. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 31, 100323.

Baird, J., Hutson, G., & Plummer, R. (2020). Examining links between connections to nature and intentions for pro-environmental behavior as outcomes of NOLS. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, 12(4), 367-379.

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.

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.

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. (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. (2012). The seeds of Leave No Trace grow well beyond backcountry boundaries. 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.

North, C., & Hutson, G. (2011). Environmental myopia: The case for bifocals. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 27(2), 229-237.

  • Leadership in Recreation and Leisure Services
  • Risk Management in Recreation
  • Outdoor Recreation Theory and Practices
  • Outdoor Recreation Resource Management