Parks and Recreation program students are educated in the natural disciplines to meet the staffing needs of our region, state, and nation. Coursework includes classes from the biological sciences such as botany, ecology, and zoology. Students learn practical applications and techniques in conservation and outdoor recreation through courses such as equipment management, ecotourism, remote sensing and GIS, and recreation law, management and policy. Ecology serves as a capstone course where material learned during the program is integrated.
Educational facilities include the College’s 150-acre Natural Resources Center, located adjacent to Dillon State Park and a 70- acre wetland located on Shannon Valley Road. The Muskingum County area provides numerous outdoor laboratory sites, having one of the highest concentrations of state parks, lakes, rivers, and wildlife and forest management areas in the state.
Certifications which may be obtained during this program include: hunter, trapper and boater education, wilderness first aid, Project Wild, level 1 chainsaw, and USFS firefighters Red Card.
Career opportunities include local, state, and federal positions with parks, wildlife, and conservation agencies. Private organizations, such as The Wilds, zoos, arboretums, campgrounds, and landscape nurseries, also employ graduates. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Zane State College is available for students seeking park, wildlife, or watercraft officer positions.