Garrett Hutson

Garrett Hutson

Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock University


PhD (Health, Leisure, and Human Performance) Oklahoma State University
MS (Experiential Education) Minnesota State University
BA (Honours in Communication) University of Missouri

About Garrett:

Garrett Hutson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University. He has done considerable work exploring the topics of outdoor recreation management, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships. His current research projects explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation and improved outcomes for outdoor education programs. Hutson currently 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. Hutson is also a member of a research team that explores how sense of community evolves and changes during organized wilderness trip experiences. Hutson’s work appears in the Journal of Leisure Research, Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place, and Identities, and within the environmental studies curriculum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Hutson serves as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Research in Outdoor Education. Prior to academic life, Hutson worked full time as a ski patroller helping to launch one of the first ski areas to operate on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in Southwest Colorado. Additionally, Hutson worked as a NOLS instructor in Wyoming, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory and as a climbing guide for organizations accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association in both Oregon and Colorado.