FOR 3544 – Outdoor Recreation ManagementForest Service Recreation Area Boundary Sign

This course challenges students to consider the role of parks, protected areas, and outdoor recreation in the broader context of natural resource management theory. Students are introduced to systems thinking, social-ecological systems, resilience, and ecosystem-based management. Students examine the major institutions in the U.S. that are charged with providing resource use and protection. Finally, students are introduced to site-based management and monitoring techniques to reduce negative impacts of outdoor recreation.

FOR 3564 – Outdoor Recreation PlanningFishburn Forest Field Trip

Students are introduced to the basics of planning for resource-based outdoor recreation including: steps in the planning process, collaboration, public participation techniques, and site design. Recreational planning frameworks are introduced as ways to simultaneously plan for recreation experiences and resource impacts.

FOR 5984 – Quantitative Analysis of Social Science Data for the Natural Resources

Graduate-level special studies course in applied social statistics with the objective to familiarize students with analytical procedures commonly used in the natural resources field. Attention focuses on the understanding, selection, use, interpretation, and criticism of these methods.

FOR 5984 – Linking Humans & the Environment

Graduate-level special studies course exploring various established and emerging interdisciplinary approaches to link social and ecological systems. This course reviews the history of conservation and sustainability science and examines specific proposals to link and understand the human-nature interactions. As an outcome of this course, students will have a strong conceptual and practical understanding of integrated socio-ecological research.