R2S

R2S – Recreation Research and Service – can assist you in providing quality leisure services which enhance economic opportunities, environmental quality to improve the quality of community life.

R2S assists public, non-profit, private/ commercial leisure service organizations with their community planning, service assessment and professional training needs. R2S provides low cost quality research, service and training to local, regional, national and international leisure service providers while engaging students in current professional issues.

Students and faculty work together in teams, providing planning, research, and programming assistance for park and recreation agencies:

 R2S Overview

About

R2S – is a catalyst to address parks and recreation issues and opportunities. The program is offered through the Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State, and is also offered at the University of Northern Iowa through the Department of Leisure, Youth and Human Services. The R2S program is designed to provide research, planning and training services for park and recreation organizations.

R2S provides an opportunity to join community and University resources in developing park and recreation opportunities which enrich our social and cultural heritage, social and economic well-being, quality of life, and environmental quality. The primary purpose of R2S is to enhance education by linking theory to practice, while providing research and training services to parks and recreation agencies.

Mission

To promote park and recreation planning and policy in the San Joaquin Valley which supports beneficial social, cultural and environmental relationships in the community development process and facilitates the use of sustainable practices within management practices.

R2S was established at Fresno State to assist government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and community special interest groups with their recreational development efforts. Many states, including California, are developing recreation amenities to enhance local economies. R2S is interested in fostering development of communities to improve the overall quality of life, while addressing economic well-being, cultural and social support and environmental quality.

The Department of Recreation Administration at Fresno State offers a B.S. in Recreation Administration with specializations in Adventure Recreation and Tourism, Commercial Recreation and Event Planning, Community Recreation and Youth Services, and Therapeutic Recreation. Faculty, students and staff are committed to the enhancement of park and recreation systems and opportunities in the San Joaquin Valley.

History

R2S was established at the University of Hawaii by Dr. Sam Lankford and Jill Lankford in 1993. In 2001 the Lankford’s moved to Iowa and established the R2S program and Sustainable Tourism & Environment Program at the University of Northern Iowa. In 2014 Dr. Lankford accepted a position at Fresno State and initiated the R2S program in 2015.  The program utilizes students in the proposal writing, data collection, data entry, and reporting phases of each project. Students gain training, a stipend, and the client receives a first rate research product at a very reasonable cost. Students are supervised by professional Project Managers and faculty who have over 30 years of experience in conducting these types of projects for public, private, and non-profit organizations in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and other countries. Listed on this website are some of the projects completed at the University Northern Iowa.

R2S at Fresno State is affiliated with the University of Northern Iowa program and other professionals in Eugene, Oregon.

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE

R2S assists public and non-profit recreation organizations with their community planning, needs assessments and professional training needs. R2S provides low cost quality research, service and training to local, regional, national and international park and recreation providers while engaging students in current professional issues and practice.

Students and faculty work together in research teams, providing community assistance in the following areas:


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