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Aug. 8, 2003


Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism Class Offered

As one of the fastest growing segments of wildlife-related recreation, wildlife-viewing activities hold great potential for stimulating the local economy while celebrating its natural wonders.

A new graduate-level certificate offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will help conservationists, community leaders, and recreation and hospitality providers build the skills necessary to effectively preserve the natural resources and generate jobs and revenue for their communities.

The first of five courses offered under the Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism Certificate will begin in September. The course, "Wildlife Recreation, Nature Tourism, and Sustainability-Based Systems" will be held on Wednesday evenings on the UW-River Falls campus. Participants will earn two graduate credits, which may be applied toward completion of the 15-credit certificate.

"The first course introduces students to the "big picture" model of wildlife recreation and nature tourism, but through the lens of sustainability-based systems," said Dr. Kelly Cain, program coordinator and course instructor. Special emphasis will be placed on sustainable community planning, and cost-benefit analysis, as well as professional skills necessary to navigate complex political dynamics essential to the success of a project, he added.

According to Cain, the Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism Certificate is the first of its kind offered in the United States. The program was developed with support from Watchable Wildlife, Inc., an international organization created to enhance, elevate and promote wildlife viewing and nature appreciation. Courses will be offered throughout the year and in both on site and online formats.

For more information about the certificate program including course schedules and descriptions, tuition information and registration instructions, visit the web site at http://www.uwrf.edu/outreach or call the Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715/425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

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