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Park Management and Conservation

PMCLauren"I’ve always loved the outdoors. For as long as I can remember, my family has taken vacations to national parks and done outdoor recreational activities. I knew I was interested in park management and conservation when I saw what the program had to offer."

Ella Magerl,
Lawrence, Kansas

The park management and conservation curriculum in the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources prepares students for careers as park and recreation professionals. If you love the outdoors, have a strong sense of purpose, a deep concern for the environment, a desire to serve people, leadership ability and a desire for self-expression, this is the major for you.

Possible careers
Program specialist, hospitality director, facility manager, city park administrator, park ranger, interpreter/naturalist, park director, recreation planner, urban forester.


Students in the interpretation option will develop skills to educate and inspire visitors at parks, zoos, historic sites and museums by helping them understand and experience the cultural and natural resources of the site.

Park manager:
The park manager option prepares students to manage visitors and natural resources, and emphasizes the effect that outdoor recreation has on those resources.

Law enforcement:
Students pursuing the law enforcement option will develop the skills and abilities to operate as a law enforcement officer in outdoor recreation settings. This could include ranger duty or enforcement of wildlife hunting and fishing regulations.

Recreation business:
The recreation business option provides the skills needed to manage the business or administrative aspects of recreation, primarily at the municipal or county level. Emphasis is on business, personnel management, budgeting and program development.

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Further Information

The classes you are required to take will depend on the program option you choose within Park Management and Conservation.

Click on an option below to learn about the course requirements from the complete curriculum guide.

Park Management and Conservation