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Garrett A. Hutson - Author

Garrett Hutson, PhD, is an associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His research explores the complexities of person-environment relationships and their impacts on a variety of outdoor recreation contexts. Much of his work highlights the social-ecological significance of outdoor experiences to the study of sustainability and society through examining the ways outdoor educational programs and outdoor recreation communities of practice help or hinder relationships with natural outdoor environments.


Hutson’s research appears in Sustainability Science, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, and the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.He also served as associate editor for the Journal of Experiential Education and the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.


Hutson is an affiliated faculty member with Brock University’s environmental sustainability research center and works with Ontario’s provincial land managers and local climbing organizations to protect access to outdoor recreational rock climbing in a sustainable way. He currently teaches undergraduate courses on leadership, risk management, qualitative research, and outdoor recreation resource management.


Prior to academic life, Hutson worked as a ski patroller, climbing guide, and held various positions in outdoor adventure education. Hutson lives with his partner, Maureen, and children, Ruby and Jasper, in the city of Toronto.  

Outdoor Recreation, 4th ed.



This book is intended to be used by majors in the field but also has a purpose in liberal education and general studies.