39th  Annual

Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

 March 19th -March 21st 2017

Asheville, NC


Conference venue and lodging

Conference fees and registration


Call for papers

Student Scholarships

We invite your participation in the 39th Annual

Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference,

scheduled for March 19-21, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina.


Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, agency planners, land managers, and researchers are all strongly encouraged to attend

 the conference and submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation.


Abstract Deadline: Saturday - December, 10, 2016

2017 Program: TBA

Previous Conference Programs and Proceedings

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The SERR conference

The Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference provides an exceptional opportunity for researchers and managers within the parks, recreation and amenity management system fields to learn about and discuss each other's projects, research findings, and regional needs. The conference focus is on outdoor-based leisure, recreation and tourism research; however, other topics are welcome if they have a direct link to this focus. The conference setting supports both formal presentations and informal discussions in a relaxed setting.




Conference venue and lodging

Asheville, North Carolina is known for its natural beauty, active music scene, its variety of eating and drinking establishments and artistic community. It is minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate. Asheville, founded in 1784, has a long and fascinating history and is now the largest city in western North Carolina.

A revitalized downtown also offers shopping for those interested in checking out local art, jewelry, clothing and more. Even if you are just looking for a nice walk around the Downtown area, Asheville has plenty to look at and some nice coffee shops and brew pubs. There is something for everyone in Asheville. After visiting Asheville you will find yourself wanting to come back and explore more.

In the heart of Downtown Asheville is the Marriott Renaissance Asheville Hotel. The hotel offers a variety of quality rooms and suites (starting at $129 - SERR rate), and amenities include a gym and a restaurant in the hotel. TEL: 1-828-252-8211 or 1-800-468-3571

Please call for reservations and mention the SERR Conference when you make your reservations.

Or reserve your room on-line at: TBA

The discount rate is only good through: TBA

The first 100 people to register will receive a Commemorative SERR gift: TBA


Click here for Hotel website and directions: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/avlbr-renaissance-asheville-hotel/




Conference fees and registration: The conference fee remains a bargain at $50.00 for students/retirees and $100.00 for professionals who register before the end of the day March 1st.  Those who register after March 1st 2017 will pay an additional $15 late registration fee. 

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Transportation: See Renaissance Asheville Hotel website for directions


Call for papers: We invite your participation in the 39th Annual Southeastern Recreation Research (SERR) Conference, scheduled for March 19-21, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina. Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, agency planners, land managers, and researchers are all strongly encouraged to attend the conference and submit a proposal for an oral or poster presentation. Oral presentations will be given in a conference room setting. Audiovisual support will be available in the form of a laptop (with a CD-ROM drive and a USB port) and a projection unit. Each oral presenter will be given 20 minutes for presenting their paper and 5 minutes for discussion. Authors presenting planned (i.e., proposals) or uncompleted research may be asked to make their presentations in the form of a poster.

Presentation Proposals: Abstracts (consisting of a cover sheet and a 500 word abstract) for oral and poster presentations at the 2016 SERR Conference are now being sought. Presentations should be of an empirical, conceptual, or theoretical nature related to the following topics:

        Leisure and Recreation Behavior

         Management of Leisure Programs and Services

         Methodological Aspects of Recreation Research

         Nature-based Travel and Tourism

         Outdoor Recreation and Education         

         Park and Protected Area Planning and Management

         Parks, Physical Activity and Health

         Recreation Economics or Policy

  • Authors are strongly encouraged to give presentations focusing on completed empirical research, as well as conceptual papers on innovative models or theories, perspectives, or methods. Submissions should include a component addressing policy, planning, or management implications. As always, graduate student research will be an important part of the conference. Graduate student attendance and submissions are strongly encouraged. Abstracts describing proposals for up-coming research, incomplete research projects, or preliminary research findings should be submitted as poster presentations.

Abstract Submission: Please email your proposal as two MS Word file (2000 or higher version) attachments to Ramesh Paudyal, rpaudyal@ufl.edu. Your submittal should include two separate files:

File 1 - Cover Sheet: Includes the title, author(s) name(s), position title(s), affiliation, address, telephone number and email address. At the bottom right of the page, please indicate if you prefer to give your paper as an oral presentation, poster presentation, or no preference.

File File 2 - Abstract: Limited to 500 words. Your abstract should be sufficiently detailed to permit judgment of the paper's quality. Abstracts of empirical papers should include a problem statement, methods (including analysis), results, and address policy, planning, or management implications.  Abstracts of conceptual and theoretical papers should include a problem statement and discussion with a system of organization similar to that of the empirical papers. A list of references is not required but may be added as an appendix at the author's discretion. Your abstract should be double-spaced in 12-point font with margins all one inch. You must include a title but NOT your name in File 2. The title should be capitalized and centered (long titles broken into two lines). Any tables and figures should be clear and easy to read. Place tables and figures at the end of the abstract with reference made in the body of the abstract. Text on tables, figures, and/or references is NOT included in the 500 word count for the abstract.


Selection: Selection of abstracts for presentation will be based upon review by two peers of the SERR community. Authors with accepted abstracts are expected to present their papers at the conference. In the case of multiple authorship on papers, at least one author must be present. Abstracts submitted are expected to meet professional standards.

Deadline: All proposals must be submitted by Saturday, December 10, 2016. A list of presenters with session titles will be available on this website by the end of February 2017.

Student Scholarships: Thanks to the generous support of conference sponsors and the annual silent auction proceeds, we are offering a limited number of student scholarships for undergraduate and/or graduate students to attend this year's SERR conference. The scholarship will be for $50 or $100, covering partial cost of attending the conference (registration, travel, etc.). Interested students need to email a one-page letter (as an attached MS Word file) to conference co-chair, Dr. Taylor Stein (tstein@ufl.edu) describing how they believe their academic and professional interests will be enhanced by their attendance. 

Contact Us: Please direct any questions regarding the conference to one of this year's conference co-chairs:

Dr. Michael Bradley Michael.Bradley@eku.edu




Conference Proceedings (Past Conferences):


2016 Program, 2015 Program; 2014 Program


Proceedings of the 2013 and 2014 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

Proceedings of the 2011 and 2012 Southeastern Recreation Research Conference

2012 SERR (Auburn, AL)


2011 SERR (Boone, NC)


2010 SERR (Greenville, SC)


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