Wilderness Management Distance Education Program

The Wilderness Management Distance Education Program (WMDEP) offers accredited university courses for a comprehensive study of wilderness management. WMDEP is a valuable tool for understanding the wilderness resource and the issues surrounding its management-includes topics form philosophy and ecology to recreation and planning. 

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NRSM 404/560
Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018
Course Dates: February 5, 2018 - May 25, 2018

Course credit offered through The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Wilderness Institute Staff Contact: kari.gunderson@umontana.edu


 NRSM 404 and NRSM 560 lay the groundwork for all other courses in the Program.  This course provides a broad perspective of what wilderness is and how the idea developed.  It exposes the student to some of the differing values, ethics, and expectations of wilderness held by society.  It offers an account of the origins of the wilderness idea, tracing the beginnings of the conservation movement from the Greek philosophers to today.

In this course you will examine the early history of wilderness preservation that ultimately led to federal protection of the Wilderness Act and subsequent legislation, including how each agency applies these laws.  NRSM 404/560 is an excellent course for managers and students interested in obtaining a firm academic foundation in wilderness philosophy and ethics.