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The Wilderness Act of 1964


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Full course description

Course Introduction

The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF) is composed of eight different but related components. Each component will be taught in a separate module, although the process of developing an actual framework is likely to be iterative rather than linear. Activities, a short review of what you have learned, and a practice test will conclude each module.

Learning Outcomes

After completing all modules in this course of study, participants should be able to:
  • Define "wilderness."
  • 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.

Module Topics Include

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

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course

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

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


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

Frequenly Asked Questions

Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher. You will earn a certificate of completion for a certificate program after completing all program assignments and the assessments with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field and is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

How to Access

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

Trainees can move through content modules at their own pace within the course timeframe. Trainees are allowed to finish the course prior to its conclusion date.

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Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Credit: Certificate of Completion


Audience: People interested in land management and The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF.)