Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Strategies

Where: Online


This course, the second in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness, provides a synopsis of social and biophysical factors that contribute to recreation impacts, examines possible management strategies and tactics, and introduces you to a process for selecting management strategies for solving visitor use impact problems.

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
  • Management Strategies for Biophysical Impacts
  • Management Strategies for Social Impacts
  • Visitor Education

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the problems that can result from recreational use of wilderness.
  • Determine the magnitude of the problem(s) resulting from recreation.
  • Describe a decision-making process to effectively address visitor use problems.
  • Identify biophysical and social impacts to the wilderness resource.
  • Select management strategies and tactics to effectively address biophysical and social impacts.
  • Explain why wilderness education programs are necessary.
  • Identify successful program components.
  • Plan and develop a wilderness education program.

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s


This is the second 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: Monitoring Impacts and Use.


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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