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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. Lecture

Members of the CUIP board with current and former NPS leaders.Join us at 2 pm on Tuesday, October 22 to hear the Honorable David Vela, Deputy Director of Operations for the US National Park Service (NPS), deliver the 41st annual George B. Hartzog Lecture. He will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the NPS as it continues to strive to serve more diverse audiences and make our national parks and public lands more relevant to a broader swath of the American populace. Event Details

Upcoming Events

OCT21

Workshop: Budget Basics

9:05 am to 9:55 am

Brackett Hall

OCT21

Study Abroad 101

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Martin Hall

OCT24

Study Abroad 101

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Martin Hall