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Inaugural Class Graduates From Nature Tourism Program

DEC. 23, 2005--Four students are the first graduates of the Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Kara DeVriendt of Owatonna, Minn., William Lorenzen of River Falls, James Mallman of Stillwater, Minn., and Amanda Stenjem of Cambridge, Wis., make up the inaugural class in this unique program offered by the UW-RF College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the outreach office.

Developed in partnership with Watchable Wildlife, Inc., a Marine-on-St. Croix, Minn. nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ecologically sustainable tourism, this graduate-level certificate program is designed for conservationists, educators, community leaders, planners, and recreation and hospitality providers to build the skills necessary to effectively preserve the natural resources and generate revenue for their communities. The program focuses on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to achieve positive economic impact and enhanced quality of life through the conservation of natural resources and managed tourism.

Offered entirely online via the Internet, the program is the first of its kind in the United States, according to program coordinator and environmental science Professor Kelly Cain. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied toward a master's degree in agricultural education with a sustainable community development option.                        

More information is available by e-mailing . The University of Wisconsin - River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. All students must be admitted to UW-RF before registering for credit courses. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and admission information is available at http:/ or can be obtained by calling 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing .




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