Wilderness Character

This course is hosted by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Preserving wilderness character is mandated by the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-577) and agency policy. Wilderness character is our way of putting language to these unique and important places by describing what is meaningful and beneficial about them. This course provides the definition of wilderness character, including its qualities and what degrades them, the basics of why we preserve wilderness character, and how to integrate wilderness character into planning, monitoring, management, operations, and more.

There is one strongly recommended prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964. It is also recommended that you take the Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis course.


Register for the Wilderness Character course by visiting the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University. Add this course to your cart (no cost) then proceed to checkout to create an account. You will use this account to log in to access the course materials (now and later), to access your completion certificate, and to take any additional wilderness courses you choose.