Currently, parks worldwide (local, state, national, and international) are faced with many challenges and threats including habitat fragmentation, invasive species, climate change, reduced funding, and changing public demographics and relevancy. In an effort to address these challenges, the Institute for Parks at Clemson University (IP@CU) conducts a comprehensive and innovative program of research, education, training, and outreach that enhances the management of the world's parks and protected areas, while concurrently communicating the values of these natural, historical, cultural, and recreational resources to a global citizenry. › Website
On November 7, 1985, the Recreation, Travel and Tourism Institute was approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education as a research center within the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at Clemson University. The Recreation, Travel and Tourism Institute was created to provide a focal point for coordinating research, extension, and teaching programs related to recreation and tourism at Clemson University and within the state of South Carolina. The Institute grew out of the increased recognition of the economic, social and environmental impact of the tourism industry to South Carolina and the importance of recreation to the quality of life to South Carolina residents.
The growth of tourism in South Carolina has resulted in the need for Clemson University to address some of tourism's complex issues such as market analysis and promotion, land-use planning, geographic distribution, public-private cooperation, coastal resource development and the integration of tourism with other community development strategies. To address this wide variety of issues, and because of the multi-disciplinary nature of tourism, we have collaborative relationships with a number of area experts at Clemson from Economics, Sociology, Forestry, Architecture, Business and Marketing. › Website
The Clemson University Outdoor Lab is located five miles from the university campus on a beautiful peninsula on Lake Hartwell. In the midst of the 17,000 acre Clemson forest located only 45 minutes west of Greenville, SC, the Outdoor Laboratory provides meeting and programming possibilities that can be found in few environments. Excellent accommodations for conferences, workshops, retreats and other programs are available.
The Outdoor Lab also leads a number of residential camps for children, youth and adults. Many of our camps are designed specifically for those with special needs. We are the summer home of Jaycee Camp Hope, Camp Sertoma and Camp Lions Den. Also, we offer delightful residential camps for active older adults.
Whether you are seeking a quiet spot for a family vacation, planning an event for 200 or looking for a residential camping experience second to none our staff and facilities stand ready to meet your needs. › Website
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a membership organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for mature adults to further their knowledge in both academic and recreational pursuits, and to share their experience and interests with other members. OLLI at Clemson University will be recognized for its innovative ability to support and enhance individual members' learning and meet their life experience needs and interests. OLLI will actively contribute to a healthy, well-rounded "One Clemson" community. › Website
The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. Since 2009, we have grown an international network of more than 2,500 individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Our membership is diverse – including educators, parents, physicians, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, psychologists, landscape architects and many more. Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play. See our full site and learn all about the education, research and communication efforts of the US Play Coalition. › Website