Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Monitoring

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The third course in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness series employs the concepts from Fundamentals and Strategies to guide the learner through the specifics of monitoring impacts from visitor use and its management.


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Monitoring in wilderness ensures that wilderness character, as well as the values and benefits of wilderness, are being preserved. Visitor use monitoring is the routine and systematic collection of wilderness resource information to identify changes in conditions over time caused by visitor use or visitor use management. For the purposes of this course, it also includes inventories conducted to assess existing conditions or establish a monitoring baseline. This information can be used to inform new management and planning decisions, or to evaluate the effectiveness of previous management actions and improve subsequent decision making.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Introduction
  • The Need for Monitoring
  • Monitoring in Wilderness
  • Visitor Use Monitoring
  • What Are We Monitoring?
  • Building a Visitor Use Monitoring Strategy

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Identify the objectives of visitor use monitoring in wilderness
  • Recognize the role of visitor use monitoring in preserving wilderness character
  • Relate visitor use monitoring to wilderness character monitoring
  • Describe the four common types of visitor use monitoring programs
  • Explain the steps typically involved in building a visitor use monitoring strategy

Recommended Background

This course is designed to meet the needs of managers in the National Wilderness Protection System. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course, first take the following prerequisites:


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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