Aug. 19, 2003
Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SRU’S PARK RANGER PROGRAM NAMED BEST IN NATION BY
ROCK, Pa. – The September issue of Outside magazine names
Slippery Rock University’s Park Ranger Program the best in
the country, calling it one of 10 “fast tracks to
adventure” in academia.
program is so good Rock graduates may soon be calling Yosemite
“the office,” the Santa Fe-based magazine, circulation
650,000, noted in a special report on colleges.
named its 10 favorite adventure jobs and the top academic programs
in higher education that will get you there. Other careers and
universities included environmental activist Duke University,
environmental architect University of California, Berkeley, and
geologist University of Michigan.
on 30 years of leadership
has offered park ranger training for more than 30 years, having
launched its program in the early 1970s after the National Park
Service recognized the need for additional ranger
program includes five, three-hour courses over two consecutive
semesters. The program is based on an integrated academic model,
which allows students to pursue a degree program while in ranger
training. The ranger curriculum is certified by the National Park
Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
has never been a better time to start a career in this
field,” says SRU’s Dr. John Lisco, program
director. “The pay has increased significantly over the last
10 years, and many parks expect to experience significant
retirements in the next two-to-six years.”
hire Rock graduates
says the program accepts a maxim of 32 students. Graduates have
found full-time employment at Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite
National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gates of the
Arctic National Park (Alaska), Antietam Battlefield, Chesapeake and
Ohio National Park, and Glen Cannon National Recreation Area in
Arizona, among others.
ranger is offered by SRU’s department of parks and
recreation/environmental education, in the College of Health,
Environment and Science.