Park Management and Conservation
“I chose Park Management and Conservation as my major because it encompasses my passions of working outside and protecting nature.”
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.
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.
The park manager option prepares students to manage visitors and natural resources, and emphasizes the effect that outdoor recreation has on those resources.
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.
The recreation business option is designed to provide the skills needed to manage the business or administrative aspects of recreation primarily at the municipal or county level. A strong emphasis is placed on business, personnel management, budgeting and program development.