Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

RPTA 378/490G - Consortium in Outdoor Recreation in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Consortium Flyer

Consortium in Outdoor Recreation (STAR # 67228 ) is a field studies course involving students and faculty from a consortium of universities (Western Illinois University, East Carolina University, University of Missouri-Columbia, North Carolina State University, Texas A & M University, and Penn State University). The purpose of the course is to provide students with a hands-on exposure to a well-known outdoor recreation resource in a challenging atmosphere which encourages high interaction with faculty, outdoor educators, resource managers and their staffs, other outdoor and tourism related professionals, and decision-makers and business people in both the public and commercial sectors. An objective of the course is to increase students' understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of outdoor recreation resources, public agencies that manage those resources, and the non-profit and
commercial operations using those resources. The week-long field experience includes opportunities for students to focus on in-depth studies in one of five different tracks: 1) wildlife, 2) backcountry user management, 3) fisheries, 4) historical/ cultural preservation & sustainable tourism, and 5) ecological restoration or all-taxa biodiversity inventory (ATBI). Through the use of these focused studies, students will become involved in case study problemsolving using actual materials and resource persons available in the national park and adjacent gateway communities.

Detailed Information (PDF)

The Frank D. Lupton Outdoor Scholarship (PDF)

Application (PDF)

For more information: RPTA office at 309/298-1967 or Dr. Katharine Pawelko at