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.

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

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