NATE FURMAN, PhD portrait
  • Co-Coordinator, U-EXPLORE, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Health-Kinesiology-Recreation



  • PhD, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, University of Utah. Project: The effects of a treatment curriculum on the learning transfer of prosocial behavior in adventure education
  • MA, Recreation Administration, California State University, Chico. Project: Rock climbing impacts on the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
  • BA, Organizational Communication; Minor in Conflict Resolution, California State University, Chico

Honors & Awards

  • Robert W Leonard Outstanding Professor of the Year. Green Mountain College, 05/01/2012
  • Pete Absolon Memorial Award. I received this award to participate in the American Mountain Guides Rock Exam. Pete was a friend and mentor who tragically passed away in 2007. National Outdoor Leadership School, 05/01/2010
  • American Mountain Guides Association Rock Guide Scholarship through Mammut North America. American Mountain Guides Association, 06/01/2010


My love for outdoor recreation has taken me around the globe, from climbing trips to Greenland, Patagonia, and Alaska to bicycle tours in the Swiss Alps and Southeast Asia.  I spent time working for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).  My passion for the outdoors led me to earn a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, where I learned precisely why outdoor recreation is such an amazing preoccupation—in short, it’s because it leads to self-determined actions and identity formation while developing positive place attachments and inspiring environmentally responsible behaviors.  I am grateful to NOLS for providing the assistantship for me to attend the University of Utah, and I co-authored seven publications about the impacts of outdoor education on students' lives over that time period.  

I am an Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Utah’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism program and the co-coordinator of the U-EXPLORE program where I pursue research projects in learning transfer and attention restoration.  I guide for the School for International Expedition Training, the American Alpine Institute, and Adventure Spirit Rock, Ice, and Alpine Experiences.  


  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Certified Rock Guide, 10/03/2005 - present
  • School for International Expedition Training (SIET), Guide, Instructor, and Program Advisor, 10/01/2009 - present
  • American Alpine Institute (AAI), Mountain Guide, 07/01/2012 - present
  • Leave No Trace (LNT), Master Educator Trainer, 07/01/2007 - present
  • Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS (WMI), Certified Wilderness First Responder, 02/01/2001 - present
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Educaiton (AORE), Member, 05/01/2006 - present
  • Professional Climbing Instructor Association (PCIA), I am a certified base-managed instructor, top-managed instructor, SPI, & course provider., 11/01/2009 - present
  • Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), Member, 08/17/2014 - present
  • Save Our Canyons (SOC), Member, 08/17/2014 - present
  • Association of Experiential Education (AEE), Member, 09/02/2009 - present

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Peru. I've worked in Peru for a number of years as a mountain guide and instructor for the School of International Expedition Training.
  • Greenland. I participated in a six-member expedition to Greenland in 2007. We completed a number of first ascents on the peaks that surround the area.