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Laura Anderson McIntyre


Laura Anderson McIntyre’s keen interest in outdoor recreation stems from family camping trips to the US national parks, and a youth spent exploring the outdoors in rural Ohio.  Before arriving at Stevens Point, Laura was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Park Studies Laboratory at the University of Vermont. She has been a park naturalist, camp counselor, conservation intern, and visitor survey coordinator. She teaches courses in forest recreation planning and management, nature-based tourism, landscape architecture, and human dimensions of natural resource management. Laura also advises the Park and Recreation Association student organization at UW-Stevens Point.

Experience and Interests

Research Projects

  • Unplug or Plugging-In? Understanding Visitor Connections to Technology on Remote and Urban-Proximate Forests
  • An Evaluation of Northern Highland American Legion State Forest Visitors in Support of Strategic Direction

Select Publications

Manning, R., Anderson, L., & Pettengill, P. (2017).  Managing outdoor recreation – Case studies in the national parks. 2nd edition.  Oxfordshire, UK: CABI Publishing.

Anderson, L. and Baker, M. (2016). Motivations for technology escape in Wisconsin’s largest state forest.  Proceedings of the 2015 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium.

Anderson, L., Manning, R., Valliere, W., Reigner, N., Pettengill, P, & Pierce, V. (2015). Alternative transportation systems in the national parks: Assessing the Full Circle Trolley.  Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(1), 112-131.

Anderson, L. & Manning, R. (2013). Normative evaluations among paddlers: A comparison of two dimensions of experience.  Tourism in Marine Environments, 9(1-2), 53-67.

Laura Anderson McIntyre
Associate Professor
College of Natural Resources

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Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M.S. Natural Resources
The Ohio State University

B.A. Biology
Wittenberg University