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Student walking a high line over San Luis Obispo

Experience Industry

We teach students how to manage the organizations that create opportunities for experiences to come alive — whether through travel, a sporting event, or a slackline above Bishops Peak.

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Cal Poly Rho Phi Lambda Professional Honorart Society Initiation

Cal Poly Rho Phi Lambda Professional Honorary Society Initiation

Rho Phi Lambda's newest members were initiated on November 4, 2015 at the SeaCrest hotel in Pismo Beach. Latest news and interview with President Kenna Dougherty ....

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Leading Professionals Mark Nix and Elisa Cox network with students.

Cal Poly RPTA Students Network with Leaders Elisa Cox and Mark Nix

Elisa Cox, Asst. City Manager-Sierra Madre, and Mark Nix, Dir. Rec & Comm. Serv. Mission Viejo shared their path to success in Community Recreation with student leaders.

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RPTA 460 Senior Project Class Student Individual Presentations

RPTA 460 Senior Project Class Relaxes Following Their Individual Presentations!

Students complete an individual research design, literature review, sampling methods, data array and analysis, and computer applications as part of senior project topic and proposal development course.

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An Office with a View

RPTA alumni work in settings where their “offices” are often unconventional —whether a Napa winery, AT&T Park (pictured left), a beachfront hotel, or a kayak in Morro Bay.

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SLO Blues Gen. Mgr. Adam Stowe and Dr. Bill Hendricks extend partnership

SLO Blues Baseball & Cal Poly RPTA Extend Partnership!

San Luis Obispo Blues Baseball and Cal Poly Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration [RPTA] Department extend their partnership. RPTA sponsored active learn-by-doing for the Blues Baseball 2015 season providing sports management and event planning and management student interns promoting academic programs in the community.

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Giants win coveted major league baseball award

Giants Win Coveted Major League Baseball Award.

"Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants and the Giants Community Fund for this fabulous and well-deserved honor" said RPTA Faculty Dr. Brian Greenwood, applauding the success of the Junior Giants!

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Students smiling at camera with KOA name tags

Specialized Concentrations

Students choose from the following: Event planning & management, Hospitality & tourism management, Sport management, Outdoor recreation management, & Community services management.

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RPTA Students focused on take your time back discussions to improve lives by eliminating the epidemic of overwork

Take Back Your Time

Emily Bishop [RPTA Club], Kenna Dougherty [Rho Phi Lambda], and Advisor Dr. Marni Goldenberg organized a discussion with RPTA Student leaders sharing insights and inspiring them to 'take back your time' today.

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RPTA Dinner and Auction Save the date February 27, 2016 at the Cliffs Resort

February 27, 2016 -- Tickets are selling fast!

The 2016 RPTA 40th Anniversary Celebration is now live. Join us at The Cliffs Resort for a night on the red carpet to honor distinguished alumni, faculty and students. This learn-by-doing event benefit RPTA students.

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Cal Poly Rho Phi Lambda Professional Honor Society Visits Levi Stadium

Levi Stadium Professional Development Trip for Cal Poly Rho Phi Lambda Honor Society!

Rho Phi Lambda honor society members toured the Levi Stadium and networked with professionals working in their possible future careers.

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Cal Poly RPTA 40th Anniversary Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

Weekend-long celebration featuring dinner and auction celebrating Learn by Doing! Silent & live auction items at www.calpolyrptaauction.com/

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Second to None

RPTA boasts an award-winning faculty and staff who are devoted to student success, dedicated to Learn by Doing, and committed to fostering a sense of community.

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RPTA Students met today with Stephanie Stephens Exec Dir CPRS

California Park & Recreation Society [CPRS] Exec. Dir. met today with Cal Poly RPTA Students

RPTA Student Leaders networked with Stephanie Stephens, Exec. Dir. CPRS, about opportunities for leadership, growth and their mutual professional goals.

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World's largest experience marketing company opens doors for Cal Poly Rho Phi Lambda

Rho Phi Lambda tours George P. Johnson, the World's Largest Experience Marketing Agency!

Rho Phi Lambda gained new insights into their future career possibilities with a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of George P. Johnson!

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Students celebrating graduation

Core Values

Involve life balance, sustainability, service, leadership, innovation, curiosity, creativity, diversity and inclusivity, community and collaboration, professionalism and integrity.

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Cal Poly RPTA Club Charter Night celebration

Cal Poly RPTA Club Celebrates Club Charter Night

This week Cal Poly RPTA Club leaders Sierra Frost, Danielle Trujillo, Dr. Marni Goldenberg and Logan Dosker celebrated club charter night with the College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences.

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Cal Poly RPTA Students Volunteer Their Program Expertise at Super Bowl 50!

Cal Poly RPTA Students Volunteer at Super Bowl 50!

Thirty-two Cal Poly RPTA students are preparing to volunteer for the Super Bowl Host Committee in San Francisco, Feb.5-7. Look for RPTA Student "greeters" during the weeklong activites at Super Bowl City!

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RPTA water bottle with sunset in the background

Our Vision

RPTA's vision is to promote healthy lifestyles, protect memorable places, and facilitate life-enhancing experiences. Live. Protect. Explore.

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Values & Mission


All of the RPTA Department's interactions involve a set of core values.


These values help Cal Poly Recreation, Parks & Tourisma Administration [RPTA] achieve our mission:

To advance leadership and knowledge in recreation, parks, and tourism.

Mission and Vision

Accreditation

The Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration undergraduate program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).

Important Information from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) regarding degree mills.  Please watch this important video https://youtu.be/a1voHNMQDrk regarding degree and accreditation mills.    Find out more

Spotlight on Learn by Doing Event Planning

Cal Poly Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Administration [RPTA] Student led Project Surf Camp.
RPTA Experiences Learn by Doing Everyday! Check us out!

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