Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Monitoring Impacts and Use

Where: Online


This course, the third in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness course of study, contains four modules that introduce the process for monitoring campsites, trail impacts and visitor use in wilderness. The course also includes an optional section on monitoring visitor encounters.

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
  • Introduction
  • Program Development
  • Monitoring Campsite Impacts
  • Monitoring Trail Impacts
  • Monitoring Visitor Use
  • Monitoring Visitor Encounters
Target Audience
  • Wilderness Managers

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Articulate the need for monitoring of visitor impacts and use.
  • Identify objectives for a monitoring program.
  • Describe the types of visitor impact and use monitoring programs.
  • Apply the 8 monitoring program development steps to your wilderness area.

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s


This is the third of three courses in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness series, which also includes Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals and Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Strategies.


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

It is also recommended you take Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis and Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis.

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

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