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Students participate in an outdoor class at Schmeeckle Reserve on the UW-Stevens Point campus.

College of Natural Resources Forest Recreation Degree

Major, Minor

Specialize in the Planning and Management of Outdoor Recreation

Manage the public’s use of forestland, visitor services, and public land administration with a degree in forest recreation.

Why Study Forest Recreation at UW-Stevens Point?

Plan and manage nature-based recreation opportunities in forests and parks with a degree in forest recreation.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

An integrated curriculum and required internship are designed to ensure you are ready for a career in forest recreation after graduation. The forest recreation programs are flexible to help meet your professional objectives by selecting courses and specialist training. Our program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters, assuring your degree meets the quality standards established by the profession.

From federal and state to private entities, our graduates have jobs in all sectors of the employment spectrum. Job titles include:

  • Biological Technician
  • Botanist
  • Stewardship Director or Manager
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Services Specialist
  • Invasive Species Technician
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Forest Technician

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

Discover your passions, build your resume, and make friends along the way! Whether joining a student organization, working at one of our centers, or participating in research at one of our three field stations, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

  • Read the CNR Reporter, a weekly newsletter, for information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times, and other important happenings on and around campus.

GAIN EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

You will gain additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience generally taken between your sophomore and junior years. You can choose between our six-week, hands-on summer field experience held at our Treehaven field station or on-campus, or take part in our European Environmental Seminar and learn how European natural resource management compares to the United States.

You must also participate in one summer of an advisor-approved forestry internship or employment. A few examples include:

  • Parks and Recreation Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Forestry Technician (Recreation), United States Forest Service
  • Recreation Intern, Schmeeckle Reserve
  • Park Manager, Portage County Parks
  • Visitor Services Associate, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Meet your Faculty and Staff

Our faculty members within the Forestry discipline bring a wide array of knowledge and experience to our indoor and outdoor classrooms at UW-Stevens Point.
Laura Anderson McIntyre

Laura Anderson McIntyre

  • Associate Professor
  • Forestry
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-4182

Society of American Foresters Accreditation

Our Forest Recreation program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The forestry program is built on “The mission of the UW-Stevens Point Forestry Program is to provide interdisciplinary, application-based educational programs that develop ethical, employable forestry professionals with the expertise to manage resources sustainably” to best develop and train students today for the future.