The Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State University announces a new mobile seminar on tourism in protected areas to take place from September 10-25, 2013.
By CEC member Ryan Finchum, from Colorado State University
The two and a half week event (taught in English), centered around the states of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, provides course participants with exposure to many different aspects of planning and managing tourism in protected areas, including: concessions; visitor management; the role of gateway communities such as Estes Park, Colorado, Gardiner, Montana and Jackson, Wyoming; infrastructure; interpretation; tourism and climate change, funding and visitor services, and partnerships. The seminar is designed for protected area managers increasingly faced with the challenges and opportunities of operating in environments where tourism is or will be a dominant factor in management. Sites visited include Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Wind Cave and Grand Teton National Parks, Devils Tower National Monument and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In addition, we will visit Arapaho-Roosevelt, Black Hills, and Bridger-Teton National Forests, and a number of state, municipal and private protected areas. Participants will experience the full range of tourism activities in protected areas in the western US, from wolf tracking tours to ranger-led interpretative presentations. Lectures and presentations will provide background and motivate thought-provoking discussions. Panel discussions with a wide range of individuals from across the organizations and areas visited will add additional depth and context. The application period for this event is now open and runs until June 24th.