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Institute for Parks Mission

Parks and protected areas in the 21st century face a wide array of social, ecological and economic challenges. To meet these challenges, parks, whether local, national or global, must be thought of as part of a complex system and be managed from an interdisciplinary perspective. We provide research, education/training, and outreach to meet these challenges and enhance park and protected area management by:

  • providing research to inform more effective and efficient management decisions;
  • increasing individual and institutional capacity through transformative leadership education and training programs;
  • connecting the global park community and delivering just-in-time knowledge through an innovative Internet network — The Open Parks Network; and
  • promoting the relevance of parks and protected areas to a rapidly changing, multicultural, global society.
Clemson Institute for Parks Research

Research

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Clemson Institute for Parks Training

Training

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Clemson Institute for Parks Outreach

Outreach

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Clemson Institute for Parks Connecting

People

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New Clemson programs to build critical leadership capacity in U.S. parks

Members of the CUIP board with current and former NPS leaders.The Clemson University Institute for Parks has developed a new Directors’ Leadership Academy to address pressing management needs in U.S. parks. Clemson faculty in the institute designed the academy to train current and future park leaders to meet challenges at the local, state and national park system levels. Read More

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