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Bachelor's Degree in Park Management and Conservation

B.S. in park management and conservation

The park management and conservation degree program at K-State combines the study of natural sciences with communications, management and social sciences to direct the understanding of the social, political and biological factors that impact the use and protection of recreation lands and waters.

The program prepares students for supervisory and managerial careers in both public and private sector parks and recreation and conservation agencies.

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Students frequently engage in hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including campus greenhouses.

The K-State difference

K-State’s park management and conservation program helps students develop skills to educate and inspire visitors at parks, zoos, historic sites and museums through understanding of cultural and natural resources.

An additional focus on law enforcement helps students develop the abilities to operate as a law enforcement officer in outdoor recreation settings. This could include ranger duty or enforcement of wildlife hunting and fishing regulations.
Students also learn the necessary skills to manage the business or administrative aspects of park and recreation agencies. This strong emphasis on business also aids in areas including personnel management budgeting and program development.

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Did you know?

K-State park management and conservation graduates are well prepared to address recreational and political issues and assist the public in protecting the places and experiences people cherish.

What classes will I take?

Students in park management and conservation will study a variety of outdoor biological systems, gain hands-on experience through laboratories in the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, and participate in many outdoor experiences in biologically diverse systems. During a 10-week internship, students will experience fieldwork in a professional setting. Student may specialize in

  • natural resource management,
  • recreation business,
  • law enforcement or
  • interpretation.

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How can I continue my education?

Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Horticulture and Park Management and Conservation
Horticulture and Natural Resources (M.S.)
Horticulture and Natural Resources (Ph.D.)

What can I do with a degree in park management and conservation?

Our graduates have found successful employment at youth agencies, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, resorts and more. Position opportunities include:

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At a public research university like K-State, you'll have direct access to research opportunities from the start. K-State undergraduates have studied sustainable energy, cancer cells, musical lyrics and many other topics alongside nationally renowned faculty at K-State's 90-plus research centers.

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Studying in another country not only allows you to experience the wonders of another culture, but it also broadens your horizons and makes you a stronger citizen in our global society. There are more than 85 countries currently participating in K-State's education abroad programs!

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Whether you are interested in a career in human or animal health, K-State is a great place to start the journey toward becoming a healthcare professional. You will have a dedicated health professions advisor who will help you navigate the professional school application process for your chosen healthcare field.


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Did you know that K-State pre-law students are accepted into law school at a rate substantially exceeding the national average? In preparing for law school, you will work with a dedicated pre-law advisor and select the major of your choice in any department in any college within the university.

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