Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Soundscapes

Where: Online


Natural sounds awaken the sense of awe that connects us to the splendor of the natural environment, and have a powerful effect on our emotions, attitudes and memories. This course differentiates sounds from noises in acoustical environments that make up soundscapes in wilderness and identifies threats and strategies for addressing soundscape management.

Course Format

This course integrates informational text, interactive practice activities, engaging videos, Learn More opportunities, and supplemental reference materials. Following the course, you will take a brief assessment requiring 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 Schedule

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

Course Chapters
  • Key Terms
  • Law and Policy
  • Wilderness Character
  • Stewardship Goal
  • Stewardship Model
  • Step 1: Identify Goal
  • Step 2: Inventory
  • Step 3: Is Action Necessary?
  • Step 4: Action Alternatives
  • Step 5: Evaluate Actions
  • Step 6: Monitor and Adapt

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the basis for managing the soundscape and the acoustical environment in wilderness as provided by the Wilderness Act and agency policy
  • Recognize potential threats to the soundscapes and acoustical environment in wilderness
  • Identify several strategies for addressing threats to soundscapes and the acoustical environment in wilderness, including planning and monitoring

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



You must pass all the prerequisites with an 80% or higher before taking this course.

It is also recommended that you take Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, the first course in the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness series.

See the complete listing of on-line wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Target Audience:
  • Wilderness Managers

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