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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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Remembering Gary Everhardt

George B. Hartzog, Jr. We are saddened by the passing of former National Park Service Director Gary Everhardt (3rd from left) and his wife, Nancy (not pictured). Read more about his legacy, which is still growing through the Gary E. Everhardt Park Break Program, which provides students with diverse backgrounds with experiences in protected areas, and is the only graduate-level service, science and stewardship program that focuses on scientific and other scholarly inquiry in a NPS park. More

Upcoming Events

SEP22

Global Challenges Course Design Sessions

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Watt Family Innovation Center or virtual (details will be shared for those who register)

SEP23

Global Challenges Course Design Sessions

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Watt Family Innovation Center or virtual (details will be shared for those who register)

SEP27

Global Challenges Course Design Sessions

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Watt Family Innovation Center or virtual (details will be shared for those who register)