Opening Speaker

Giles Lee


Giles is the Prime Minister of Student Activities at Hocking College.
Job Responsibilities including the management of a 60,000 sq ft Recreation Center that houses sports, fitness , aquatics, aerobics, clubs, computer labs, a TV lounge, high ropes, a climbing wall, indoor track, tennis, frisbee golf and sports fields. I teach at Hocking College and OU. Prior to my current job, I was at Camp Otterbein for 10 yrs. I am originally from Great Britain but have lived and worked all over the world.
Favorite book: "Into thin air". Favorite movie: "the Shawshank Redemption". My favorite recreational activities include story telling, campfires, and comedy.



James Farmer

James Farmer is an assistant professor of the human dimensions of natural resources and chair for the Natural Resources and Recreation Management Program at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. His studies focus on environmental behavior and human-environmental interaction, specifically private land conservation, local food systems, and educational programs.  James teaches courses in natural history and terrestrial ecology, ecosystem management, environmental education/interpretation, environmental studies, and research methods. James’s favorite recreation activities include hiking with his wife and two children, canoeing in the BWCA, sailing, and gardening.

The field of parks and recreation has long realized the significance of its role in issues concerning the environment. In fact, this field, your field, has often led the charge for the protection of natural areas, the lobbying and designation of wilderness, and the promotion of outdoor experiences.  In 2011, the importance of our field to environmental sustainability issues is no less significant. Whether it be adventure trip leaders sharing the Wayne National Forest and Leave No Trace principles with a group of university students unfamiliar with backcountry camping, student interpreters working with the Appalachian Ohio Alliance on an environmental education project, or a municipal recreation department collaborating with the local farmers market staff, our opportunity to again help lead through action is apparent. What I propose today is that those finding careers in the field of parks and recreation have an opportunity to make at least an indirect contribution to sustainability issues by embracing those ideas that today are achievable and feasible, while planning appropriately for tomorrow.