Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Monitoring Impacts and Use

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This course is the third in a series of three courses on Visitor Use Management in Wilderness. In this course, you will learn about the process for monitoring visitor use in wilderness, paying particular attention to campsite and trail impacts.


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Wilderness monitoring is the systematic gathering, comparison, and evaluation of data for use in wilderness planning and management. This course, the third in a series of three courses on Visitor Use Management in Wilderness, contains four modules that introduce the process of monitoring visitor use in wilderness.

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Specifically, the course addresses monitoring campsite and trail impacts and includes an optional section on monitoring visitor encounters.

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
  • Learn More opportunitites
  • 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

  • Introduction
  • Program Development
  • Monitoring Campsite Impacts
  • Monitoring Trail Impacts
  • Monitoring Visitor Use
  • Monitoring Visitor Encounters

Be able to:

  • Articulate the need for monitoring visitor use and its impacts.
  • Identify objectives for a monitoring program.
  • Describe the types of visitor impact and use monitoring programs.
  • Apply the eight monitoring program development steps to your wilderness area.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 course before beginning this course. Without foundational knowledge of the Wilderness Act, you will not be able to get the most out of this course and could find the content confusing. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at


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