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The Wilderness Act of 1964



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Course summary:

The purpose of The Wilderness Act of 1964 e-course is to acquaint you with the contents of this law and its application in managing a wilderness area. No work products are required from this course, though there is a final quiz at the conclusion of the content.

Course objectives:

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Define "wilderness."
  • Explain the purpose of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
  • Identify the five qualities of "wilderness character."
  • State the 10 prohibited uses of wilderness.
  • Recognize the various exceptions to these prohibitions.
  • Describe the "special provisions" made by the Act.

Recommended background:

No additional background knowledge or skills are required for this course.

Course topics include:

  • Wilderness Defined
  • Wilderness Character
  • Prohibited Uses
  • Special Provisions
  • Inholdings
  • Gifts, Bequests, and Contributions
  • Stewardship Principles

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Informational video
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need.

After completing all course content and activities, you will complete a final quiz to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

How to access:

Upon enrolling, you will receive instructions and the link to the Canvas course. Note: When you register, you will receive an email invitation. Be sure to accept that invitation, or Canvas will not allow you to open the course modules.

Enrollees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe.

Course creators:

This course was designed and developed jointly by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University.


Length: Self-paced


Eppley Center for Parks and Public Lands


Credit: Certificate of Completion


Audience: Anyone working in parks, recreation, or public lands

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