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Chris McCart

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Experience and Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Interpretation: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (August 2022-Present)
  • Instructor>Assistant Professor of Outdoor Education: Black Hills State University (August 2004-May 2022)
  • Naturalist/Program Coordinator: The Outdoor Campus of South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks (June 1997-July 2004)
  • Science Teacher: Fairmont High School, Fairmont, MN (August 1996-May 1997)

Professional Experience

  • Naturalist: SD Game, Fish and Parks (Summers 1995 & 1996)
  • Interim Program Coordinator for Residential Environmental Education and Summer Adventure Camps, Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota (April 1991-August 1992)
  • Program Director, Carol Joy Holling Camp, Ashland, NE (January 1989-December 1990)

Research Interests

  • Development of Outdoor Ethics
  • Program Evaluation
  • R3 Programs (Hunting and Fishing Recruitment, Retention, Reactivation)
  • Interpretive Media



  • Founding Member and Executive Team: SD Master Naturalist Program
  • Wisconsin Ice Age Trail Alliance Volunteer

Professional Memberships

  • National Association for Interpretation
  • North American Association for Environmental Education


Favorite quote?

“But yield who will to their separation
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done,
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.”
Robert Frost

A piece of advice for students?

Credit to E. O. Wilson: “You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.”

Chris McCart
Assistant Professor of Interpretation
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
College of Natural Resources

182 Trainer Natural Resources Building


Ph.D. Experiential Outdoor Education
University of New Hampshire

M.S. Biology
South Dakota State University

B.S. Environmental Management and Biology
South Dakota State University