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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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41st Annual George P. Hartzog, Jr. Environmental Awards and Lecture

Members of the CUIP board with current and former NPS leaders.We were honored to host David Vela, the new leader of the National Park Service, and this year's award recipients at the George B. Hartzog, Jr. Environmental Program awards luncheon and lecture on Clemson University campus this week. 

Watch the event highlights.

Upcoming Events

NOV21

Study Abroad 101

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Martin Hall

NOV25

Study Abroad 101

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Martin Hall

NOV26

Science on Tap GREENVILLE - Richard Steet, "Go with your gut!"

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm

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