Garrett Hutson, PhD, is an associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He has done considerable work exploring the topics of outdoor recreation, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships. His current research projects explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation practices and resource management. He is also a member of a research team that explores how sense of community evolves and changes during organized wilderness trip experiences.
Hutson’s work appears in the Journal of Leisure Research, Controversial Issues in Adventure Programming, Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Place, and Identities, and within the environmental studies curriculum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Hutson also serves as co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Research in Outdoor Education.
Prior to academic life, Hutson worked full time as a ski patroller helping to launch one of the first ski areas ever to operate on U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands in Southwest Colorado. Additionally, he worked as a NOLS instructor in Wyoming, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory and as a climbing guide for organizations accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association in both Oregon and Colorado.
He currently facilitates collaborative research and management efforts between the Ontario Rock Climbing Access Coalition, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Niagara Parks Commission. Hutson most often experiences leisure through time spent with loved ones, rock climbing, trail biking, writing, and exploring the city of Toronto, which he now calls home.