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Park and Conservation Area Management

Service learning helps parks while teaching students how to construct trails.

The park and conservation area management (PCAM) program prepares you to work for governmental and nonprofit agencies and organizations who manage our natural and historic heritage parks for quality visitor experiences. The organizations include the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, state parks and regional/local park systems. Nonprofit organizations that hire our students include numerous historic areas, zoos, aquariums, nature centers and open-air museums, along with advocacy groups.

Through hands-on course work and internships, students gain a working knowledge of parks and public lands management from a visitor-centered perspective. Students develop both business skills and a working knowledge of heritage resources. Core curriculum offerings are strengthened by courses including wildlife biology, horticulture, forestry, archaeology, geology, history, soils, planning, business, criminology and others.

Graduates of the park and conservation area management curriculum are capable of meeting a most demanding challenge - that of managing parks and public lands for superb visitor experiences while conserving these areas for future generations. As our graduates tell us, "I'm told every day by visitors that I have the greatest job in the world."