Experiential education

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies believes that experiential education is an integral aspect of our degree program.


These opportunities enable you to engage with and reflect on what you are learning in the classroom, beyond campus and into the community.

We offer a range of opportunities that will allow you to develop your skills in the areas that interest you most.

These include:

  • Engage with youth in community based afterschool programs
  • Consult with neighbourhood groups to create grant proposals
  • Participate in an outdoor recreation field experience
  • Coordinate and implement recreation programming for camps
  • Support individuals with disabilities to participate fully in recreation activities
  • Instruct canoeing and wilderness skills to youth
  • Design programs to enable older adults to engage in meaningful leisure

Brock University / Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Outdoor Education

Deliver Nature inspired, learning experiences to local elementary school students

Another opportunity that may be of interest to you is offered through a unique partnership between Brock University and the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s Outdoor Education program.

Located at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Centre, in Thorold, this field placement is an opportunity for Brock students to gain leadership experience while developing and facilitating innovative and interactive experiential approaches to outdoor learning that both embrace and enhance current curriculum guidelines.

Experiential Education Resources

To participate in any Experiential Learning course through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies you will need to complete a number of mandatory forms and depending on the nature of your placement, additional screening, documentation and testing may be required.

Please review the information below.

These fourth year courses are an opportunity to work with a faculty member and a mentor at an external agency to develop the skills and competencies to help you achieve your academic and career future career goals. Internships are supervised, discipline specific and require you to complete 560 hours of full time work during your study period.

You will need to complete an application form and submit it by the required deadline to be considered.

Please contact your Experiential Learning Coordinator for more information or visit Sakai for course specific information

Due to the nature of some of our experiential education placements, communicable disease protocols may require you to have documented proof of immunization and/or history of specific communicable disease. If you are working in a hospital or various other community organizations, this may apply to you. For example:

Immunization is Required for:

  • RECL 4F22 Advanced Methods in Therapeutic Recreation
  • RECL 4F02 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation

Immunization may be required for:

  • RECL 4F15 Program Evaluation in Professional Practice

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure immunization information is kept up to date. No student will be allowed to attend placement without clearance from a health professional. If you are unsure if this applied to you please contact your Experiential Education Coordinator.

N95 Mask fit testing is required by some organizations. To determine if a mask fit test is required, contact your Experiential Education Coordinator.

Should you be required to have a N95 mask fit test completed you need to know the following information:

You will need to find an organization which offers the N95 mask fit testing and make an appointment

  • Appointments typically need to be booked 2-6 weeks in advance
  • You will need to submit a copy of your mask fit test model number to your Experiential Education Coordinator
  • The cost for an N95 mask fit test is the responsibility of the student
  • Your N95 mask fit test model number is valid for 2 years from the date of issue

Mask Fit is Required for:

  • RECL 4F22 Advanced Methods in Therapeutic Recreation
  • RECL 4F02 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation

Mask Fit may be required for some fieldwork placements in:

  • RECL 4F15 Program Evaluation in Professional Practice

Many Recreation and Leisure Studies courses with experiential learning opportunities put students in close proximity to children, youth and vulnerable populations. As such, a police record or vulnerable persons screening may be required.

To determine if a completed screening is required, contact your Experiential Learning Coordinator.

If a vulnerable sector clearance certificate is required for one of your courses or placement, here’s what you need to know:

The original certificate is due by the start of each term. Failure to produce this certificate can jeopardize participation in the course.

  1. Be sure to check the requirements of your course in advance as vulnerable sector police checks can take at least 6 – 8 weeks to be processed, and sometimes longer depending on the time of year and where you are requesting your check from.
  • For courses starting in September, we recommend you begin your clearance in June or July.
  • For courses starting in January, we recommend you begin your clearance in September or October.

It is the student’s responsibility to monitor timelines to ensure the clearance certificate is completed on time.

  1. If a check is required, you will need to apply for a new police check EVERY SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR depending on the agency, as the police check can often be no more than 6 months old at the beginning of your course or placement.
  2. When you have requested a new clearance please keep your receipt as proof of submission.

NOTE:  The costs associated with the provision of the criminal record check and any appeals are the responsibility of the student.  

Police records checks must be:

  • Dated no older than six months prior to the beginning of the course/placement
  • Include a vulnerable sector screening (please note that some services, such as BackCheck.com do NOT include a Vulnerable Sector Screening and therefore cannot be used)
  • Be issued through your local police station in your hometown
  • An original copy (not a photocopy) may be required
  1. We recommend you request an extra copy of your records check.
  2. Some municipalities will require a letter of verification from Brock University to order a volunteer vulnerable sector check. Please contact your Experiential Education Coordinator to request this letter.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your Experiential Education Coordinator.

Gain International Experience

Opportunities are available for Recreation & Leisure Studies students to study abroad. Want to visit the USA or travel to Europe, we have a program for you!

Recreation and Leisure Studies Calendar

Learn more about degree requirements and course information in the current Recreation and Leisure Studies Calendar.

Important Dates

Stay on schedule and be sure you don’t miss any deadlines.

Brock Experiential Education

Gain a competitive edge! Learn more about Brock University’s Experiential Education

Contact Us

Ty Bolibruck
Experiential Education Coordinator
Office: STH 353
905 688 5550 x4418
tbolibruck@brocku.ca

Liz Kirk 
Experiential Education Coordinator, Outdoor Recreation
Office: STH 347
905 688 5550 x 4298
ekirk@brocku.ca