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


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.