Forest Recreation and Park Management | Recreation Degree | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Forest Recreation and Park Management

A specialization in Forest Recreation & Park Management provides career-focused, interdisciplinary training for the future managers of our nation's recreational resources.

Our exceptional, hands-on program trains students to be many things: naturalists who are at ease with plants and animals, educators who are capable of communicating the park's specialness to visitors, managers who are adept at planning and operating a park and forest conservationists who expertly manage and protect our forest recreation and park resources in a sustainable fashion.

Accredited by the Society of American Foresters, our exceptional program also offers courses recommended by the National Recreation and Park Association.

What will I study?

Courses emphasize the management of resource-based outdoor recreation, park planning, environmental and cultural interpretation, public opinion surveys and communication.

Department faculty work closely with local managers and community leaders to provide field training and service learning opportunities in areas such as public relations, social and resource inventory, planning and decision-making, visitor impact assessment and resource monitoring.

Students are granted unparalleled access to observe public and private sector park management styles on location.

Typical degree program

Here's an example of a typical four-year undergraduate degree program in Forestry specializing in Forest Recreation and Park Management.

Career Opportunities: Where will I work?

Contact Information

Feel free to contact the Coordinating Counselor for Forest Recreation and Park Management:

Also feel free to contact the Coordinator of Student Recruitment for the College of Agricultural Sciences.