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Park Management and Conservation

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.

Student profile

Student Profile:Ella

"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

 

Professional Opportunities

Students with a degree in Park Management and Conservation are prepared for careers as program specialist, hospitality director, facility manager, city park administrator, park ranger, interpreter/naturalist, park director, recreation planner, and urban forester.

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Park Management and Conservation

View the park management and conservation curriculum guide (pdf)

Park management and conservation combines the study of biological and natural sciences with communications, management, and social sciences.  Park professionals must understand the relationship between the natural environment and human activities. They must also have an understanding of the social, economic, and political factors influencing use of natural resources. Graduates work as park rangers, naturalists, planners, and directors and in other areas of natural resource management.