Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration

Spring 2014

RPTA 450 (G) - Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Annual Conference

Credit Hour(s): 1
Travel Dates:
Thursday, January 23 - Saturday, January 25, 2014
Instructor: Dr. Dan Yoder
Event: Illinois Park and Recreation Association Annual Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency, Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 
Conference Website:
Conference Fees: Registration Deadline: January 17, 2014 - IPRA Student Member $100.00; Student Non-Member $200.00
For a $25.00 discount - register on-line
IPRA Student Membership Fee: $49.00
IPRA Website:
For an printable application
Additional Costs: Transportation, Lodging, Meals 
Available Scholarship: Brenda Sayers - Contact the RPTA Department
Contact: Dr. Yoder,

RPTA 478/490(G) - Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Outdoor Recreation Consortium

Credit Hour(s): Undergraduate: 2-3; Graduate: 2-3
Travel Dates:
Saturday, March 15 - Friday, March 21, 2014 
Instructor: Dr. Katharine Pawelko
Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Room and Board Fee: $415 at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Transportation Costs: $130  
Additional Costs: Consortium T-Shirt and Incidentals
Available Scholarship: Frank D. Lupton Outdoor Recreation Consortium Scholarship covers $250.00 of the direct expenses.
Contact: Dr. Pawelko,
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RPTA 450(G) - B.O.L.T.S. - Basic Outdoor Living & Travel Skills; Backpacking: Ozark Trail

Credit Hour(s): 2
B.O.L..T.S. is a two hour credit course designed specifically for students to become competent, comfortable, and confident living and traveling in the wild out-of-doors. Focus is on core competencies for planning and leading safe outdoor recreation/education trips using backpacking as the mode of travel.
Travel Dates:
 Spring Lake, Macomb, IL - March 22 and March 23, 2014 and St. Francois Mountains, Mark Twain National Forest on the Ozark Trail Wednesday, April 9 - Sunday, April 13, 2014. 
Instructors: Dr. Mike McGowan 
Location: Illinois, Spring Lake, Macomb; &Missouri, St. Francois Mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest on the Ozark Trail
Travel Study Fee: $195 which covers transportation, group camping equipment, permits, and meals in the field.
Students Supply: Sleeping bag, pad, backpack, outdoor clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and personal items.
Meetings: First class meets Wednesday, February 26 at Noon in Currens Hall 408 then once a week for the following three weeks.
Supplies: Sleeping bag, pad, backpack, outdoor clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and personal items.
Contact: Dr. McGowan, 
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RPTA / ZOOL 485(G) - Resource Management for Fly Fisheries

Credit Hour(s): 3
Travel Dates:
May 11-17, 2014; Class Meets: Tuesdays, 4:00-6:30 p.m. starting March 18, Location: Waggoner Hall 315
Instructor: Dr. Rob Porter
Location: The White River in the Arkansas Ozarks
Fee: $325 (Assuming 10 students) For students needing waders and fly rod/reel combo Redington/Rio will provide for an additional fee of approximately $150 ($360 retail.)
Additional Costs: Food, flies, leaders and incidentals
Important NoteThe Student should be prepared for a great deal of walking/paddling in addition to cold water temperatures.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to enroll; the field nature of this course should not imply otherwise.
Contact: See Dr. Porter in Currens Hall 403, or email:
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