The Wilderness Act of 1964

Learn about the contents of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and its impact on managing a wilderness area.




The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF) is composed of eight different but related components. Each component will be taught in a separate module, although the process of developing an actual framework is likely to be iterative rather than linear. Activities, a short review of what you have learned, and a practice test will conclude each module.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Videos
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Wilderness Defined
  • Wilderness Character
  • Prohibited Uses
  • Special Provisions
  • Inholdings
  • Gifts, Bequests, and Contributions
  • Stewardship Principles

Be able to:

  • Define "wilderness."
  • Explain the purpose of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
  • Identify the five qualities of "wilderness character."
  • State the 10 prohibited uses of wilderness.
  • Recognize the various exceptions to these prohibitions.
  • Describe the "special provisions" made by the Act.

Recommended Background

No additional background knowledge or skills are required for this course.


Good classReview by Corey
Great class to learn the basics on Wilderness and why it is important. flowed nicely and made learning and remembering lessons easy! (Posted on 10/6/2017)
Good IntroReview by William
Nicely balanced between technical and non-technical information. Great Introduction to the topic. (Posted on 8/1/2017)

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