FOR 104: Introduction to Outdoor Recreation

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter, Pass/No Pass

Catalog Course Description

Covers the historic development of recreation and the role of the federal, state and local government in outdoor recreation. Other topics include economic impact, supply and demand, private enterprise, education, planning and management within the realm of recreation. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • define forest recreation
  • list the values of forest recreation
  • identify the economic forces affecting forest recreation
  • name the major outdoor recreation agencies
  • list the social forces affecting forest recreation
  • define the roles of federal, state and local government agencies involved in forest recreation
  • explain the importance of supply and demand in the role of forest recreation
  • list the specific Acts that are of major importance to forest recreation in America
  • discuss some major environmental issues involved in developing forest recreation programs in the United States

Major Course Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Outdoor Recreation
  3. Supply of Recreation Areas
  4. Public Pressure and Legislative Response
  5. Recreation Planning
  6. Financing Recreation
  7. Site Selection
  8. Recreation Area Development
  9. Campgrounds
  10. Picnic Areas
  11. Trails
  12. Water Supply
  13. Sanitation
  14. Water-Oriented Recreation Development
  15. Management of Outdoor Recreation Areas
  16. Visitor Management
  17. Operation of Development Recreation Areas

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Answer a short essay question on an exam such as: Thoughtful planning is the best ingredient in trail layout, but unfortunately for managers, people do not always react as they are expected to react. Because of this, managers quite often follow the practice of “path paving.” What is “path paving”? In your discussion, include the drawbacks that are present when a manager uses this technique.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Campground Presentations
Purpose: The United States Forest Service needs to produce a campground in our local mountains. Individual groups (4 to 5 students) will produce a PowerPoint presentation (saved on a flash drive) in the form of a proposal on a “FOREST CAMPGROUND” and all site specifics that will be occur in the Angeles National Forest within the San Gabriel Mountains.
Goal: Each group will need to convince the class (which is pretending to be the US Forest Service) that their proposal is the “best” campground plan that meets the requirements, regulations and cost for the federal government.
Location: The campground must be located within the Los Angeles National Forest in either the San Gabriel Canyon or Mt San Antonio Canyon.
Specifics: Presentation will be 20 – 30 slides long and contain a title slide, table of content slide, body slides, and reference slide. The presentation should be ~ 20 minutes long with a 10-15 minute question/answer session afterward. All group members will need to participate during the formation of and the presentation itself.
Presentations will need to include all aspects of campground construction, campsite specificity, amenities, management, locality, laws, community involvement, and cost analysis.
All research materials/literature/photographs/references used during the presentation will need to be cited.
Grade Breakdown: Presentation: 70 pts (teacher graded) Ratemypartners: 10 pts (you grade your partners) Scorethegroup: 10 pts (class grades each group presentation) Participation: 10 pts (teacher grades class participation

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture