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1,000
The number of hours each year Natural Resource Planning students volunteer in service learning projects with community partners.
2,500
The number of youths who participated in environmental education programs taught by our students at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in 2015.

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Aaron W. Thompson is a landscape planner whose work focuses on using applied social-ecological science research to achieve better decision making at the interface of land use planning and natural resource management.

Study human connections to natural resources at UW-Stevens Point

Use problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills to address environmental problems through Human Dimensions of Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 
 
As a Resource Management major you will gain practical experience, learn outdoors and prepare for a career with major options in:
  • environmental education and interpretation, preparing you to teach and inspire people to appreciate the natural environment. Jobs include: Educators at parks, museums and nature centers.
  • wildlife education, preparing you to help people value and protect wildlife and their habitat. Jobs include: Educators at zoos, aquariums and rehabilitation centers.
  • youth programming/camp management, preparing you to be an exceptional leader of a camp or other youth development agency. Jobs include: Directors and assistant directors of camps, afterschool programs and community recreation programs.
  • natural resource planning, developing your skills by customizing your training through three concentrations — land use, conservation and policy — to enhance understanding of planning and management challenges in natural resources. You will apply various tools and involve communities in discussions addressing environmental problems in diverse socioeconomic and ecological conditions. Our graduates include city and regional planners, land trust and advocacy staff, and sustainability coordinators.
  • wildland fire science, preparing you to handle the complex issues involved in fighting and preventing wildfires while understanding the natural role of fire and its prescribed use.
  • environmental law enforcement, training you for a career as a conservation warden, natural resources patrol officer, park ranger or forest patrol officer.
  • general resource management, providing a broad-based foundation in natural resource management leading to a number of career paths in the public and private sector. 
Your classes will provide foundational courses in natural resources such as forestry, soils, wildlife, water, fisheries, sustainability science and human relationships with natural resources.
 
Students appreciate our program for its integrated curriculum, a summer field experience, hands-on experiences with service-learning projects, educational programming experiences, and professional development with internships and other career-preparation skills.
 
 

Resource Management faculty work closely with students  

Our faculty have doctoral degrees in various resource management disciplines, such as natural resources, environmental education and interpretation, urban and regional planning, natural resources planning, youth programming/camp management and resource policy and social science.
 
In 2014, Resource Management became one of the first university programs in environmental education to be accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

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