Natural Resource Conservation: Conservation Planning & Management

Balancing outdoor adventure with responsible land use.

Professionals in this field help to define and defend the corridors that separate developed land from wilderness areas. Their work helps people enjoy recreation in the great outdoors, while keeping our natural areas pristine and protected.

As a student in this program, you will combine the study of operational, strategic, and long-range planning for natural sites and larger landscapes with topics in political and behavior science, economics and land-use management. You will examine historical and current recreation planning and management trends and learn to communicate with the public to encourage responsible and enthusiastic recreation.

Graduates are prepared for exciting career opportunities in government agencies, or public and private conservation groups. You could lead groups through outdoor environments, interpret the land and wildlife for tourists and visitors to state and federal parks, or work with landowners and citizens to conserve cultural and heritage sites.

This program could be a good fit if you:

  • Care about the environment
  • Want a career working outdoors
  • Want to interact with people
  • Have strong communication skills

With this degree, you could become a/an:

  • Environmental/land use planner
  • Wilderness/backcountry manager
  • Park ranger
  • Community development specialist
  • Information or education specialist
  • Interpretive naturalist

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