Garrett Hutson, PhD

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office: STH 342
905 688 5550 x4784

Dr. Hutson’s scholarship centers on outdoor recreation resource management, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships. His current research projects primarily explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation practices. Dr. Hutson helps to facilitate sustainability initiatives and research between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Niagara Parks Commission, and the Ontario Climbing Access Coalition. Dr. Hutson also teaches extended outdoor experiential field courses and finds it a privilege to explore Ontario landscapes with Canada’s future outdoor leaders. Dr. Hutson is a Participating Faculty Member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

  • Place meanings
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Experiential education
  • National Outdoor Leadership School
  • Leave No Trace
  • Ontario Climbing Access Coalition
  • Ontario Trails Council
  • Co-editor, Research in Outdoor Education

Hutson, G. (in progress). Sense of place at NOLS: A case study. Data analysis and manuscript preparation currently underway. Project funded by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.

Martin, B., Hutson, G, & Goldenberg, M. (in press). Outdoor and adventure recreation. Invited book chapter to Introduction to Recreation and Leisure (3rd. ed.), 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. (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
  • Hutson, G. Environmental Sustainability Research Centre Seed Grant Award, Brock University. Sense of place education at NOLS, April 2017. Awarded $5116.
  • Howard, R., Hutson, G., Lemelin, R., & Johnston, M. (2016). Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service. Communication of Risk in National Wildlife Areas Report: Facilitating Outdoor Recreation. Awarded $17,123.