Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Parks Management

 Title Abbreviation:   PARKS MANAGEMENT

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    265

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    030208

 EPC:    129

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Examines the myriad activities and issues that the contemporary park and recreation resource manager must face. Focuses on risk management principles, budgeting considerations, scheduling considerations, resources identification, and maintenance management. Covers the duality of purpose - the balance between protection and conservation of resources, and the demand for public use.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and identify several types of historic resources and issues facing them.
  2. Define and identify several types of cultural resources and issues facing them.
  3. Define and identify several types of natural resources and issues facing them.
  4. Define and identify several levels of human resources and the dynamics of their management.
  5. Identify protection strategies for historic, cultural, natural and human resources.
  6. Know the principles of a major maintenance management system.
  7. Understand the principles behind at least three different types of budgeting systems.
  8. Understand basic risk management concepts, policies and procedures that must be undertaken at park level in order to protect an agency and its employees.
  9. Appreciate the dynamics behind staff scheduling and learn techniques for effective scheduling.
  10. Identify the components of a Classification and Management Plan process including land classifications and the use/protection implications of each.
  11. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Identify and explain the legal requirements that must be followed by park managers as measured by compliance audits in the areas of operation, routine maintenance, administrative functions, law enforcement and resource development.
  12. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of a park management professional, park resource management best practices, and the balance between enforcement, conservation, and interpretive functions in a park setting.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Slides depicting resources types and issues.
  2. An open forum discussion on topics so as to solicit student inquiry about their selected method of dealing with an issue or situation.
  3. Charts describing the Classification and Management planning process.
  4. Risk Management presentation that is parks/recreation-based.
  5. Field trips to reinforce ideas.
  6. Local, county, state and federal methods of budgeting, policy/procedures, and scheduling.
  7. Topical matters related to parks and recreation issues, strategies and risk management.
  8. Scenario-based student testing.
  9. Project-generated materials and assignments.