• Professor, Health-Kinesiology

Research Summary

I am interested in research questions related to wilderness planning and policy, national park planning and policy, environmental ethics, the health-promoting properties of outdoor recreation settings and experiences, and academic and professional issues.


  • PhD, Education with an emphasis in recreation and park administration, University of Minnesota
  • MS, Resource Planning and Conversation, University of Michigan
  • BA, Geography, University of Michigan


Daniel L. Dustin is a Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism in the College of Health. He holds a bachelor's degree in geography and a master's degree in resource planning and conservation from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in recreation and park administration from the University of Minnesota. Among his recent books as an author and editor are Outdoor Recreation and Our Military Family: Pathways to Recovery; The Fuller Life Man: Five Essential Ingredients for Living a Full and Purposeful Life; Nature's Grace: America's Veterans and the Healing Power of Nature; This Land Is Your Land: Toward a Better Understanding of Nature's Resiliency-Building and Restorative Power for Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families; Stewards of Access-Custodians of Choice: a Philosophical Foundation for Parks, Recreation, and Tourism: 4th Edition; Just Leisure: Things That We Believe In; Speaking Up and Speaking Out: Working for Social and Environmental Justice through Parks, Recreation, and Leisure; Service Living: Building Community through Public Parks and Recreation; The Wilderness Within: Reflections on Leisure and Life: 5th Edition; Making a Difference in Academic Life: a Handbook for Park, Recreation, and Tourism Educators and Graduate Students; and Nature and the Human Spirit: Toward an Expanded Land Management Ethic.