Wayne Freimund

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Wayne Freimund

Professor, Parks and Protected Area Management

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Office Hours:

By appointment.

Personal Summary

I have been a member of the faculty of the University of Montana since 1993. I was Director of the UM Wilderness Institute for seven years and Chaired the Department of Society and Conservation for four years and after a break for another 2 years. I teach upper division courses and graduate courses in Protected Area Management and Advanced Visitor Management. I have conducted numerous studies for the National Park Service associated with the Visitor Experience and Resource Protection Program and have a continued interest in understanding and monitoring the use of National Parks. My current research projectes are on the effects of mass transportation on national parks (specifically related to climate change) and the monitoring visitor use and experiences. I have been working since 1998 on a cooperative program in Protected Area Management with the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa which has expanded to include the University of Namibia and the Copperbelt University in Zambia and Monash South Africa. I was co-leader of the International Seminar on Protected Area Management hosted by the University of Montana from 2000-2014.  I am currently the Interim Dean of the College of Forestry and Conservation.


Doctorate of Philosophy. University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 1994. Recreation Resource Management. Emphases in public resource planning and social psychology.

Master's of Science. West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. 1990. Recreation and Park Management. Emphasis in public administration, budgeting and research methodologies.

Bachelor of Science. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 1986. Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies. Emphasis in outdoor education and child psychology.

Courses Taught

PTRM 117 - National Parks and Ameican culture

PTRM 217 - Parks and Outdoor Recreation Management

PTRM 485 - Planning for Outdoor Recreation

PTRM 595 - Advanced Visitor Management/ Foundations of Protected Area Management

Field of Study

Monitoring visitor use
Visitor management frameworks
International and domestic protected area planning
Capacity building for protected area management
International conservation 


Photography, family and being outdoors.