The Wilderness Act of 1964

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“Wilderness” means many different things to different people. Wilderness managers, however, must follow its legal definition. The purpose of this course is to acquaint you with the contents of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and its application in managing a wilderness area.

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
  • Wilderness Defined
  • Wilderness Character
  • Prohibited Uses
  • Special Provisions
  • Inholdings
  • Gifts, Bequests and Contributions
  • Stewardship Principles
Target Audience
  • All employees with any responsibilities relating to management of designated wilderness areas.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define "wilderness".
  • Explain the purpose of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
  • Identify the five qualities of "wilderness character".
  • Outline the various prohibited uses in wilderness.
  • Recognize the various exceptions to these prohibitions.
  • Describe the "special provisions" made by the Act.

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s


This course is a prerequisite for all other e-courses developed by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. You can see a listing of all related courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

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