California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly College of Science & Technology
Department of Earth Sciences
Parks & Recreation Management Program

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Take A Hike! - No, Really!
See to find a nearby (or far away) trail to hike
Or tr
y & to find natural areas near you!
Go to to find a State Park to Hike in!
More SW PA Hiking Opportunities: PTAG1, AOC2, KTA3
America's Great Outdoors - A Promise to Future Generations

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Resources & Links:
I also maintain a number of other resources
 pages that you might find helpful.

Dr. Confer's Resource & Links Pages:

Dr. Confer's Classes:

Teaching Schedule

I am the instructor of record for these classes.  Only the instructor of record can properly grade coursework and issue midterm and final grades.
The timeline for these courses may need to be adjusted for severe weather events or other unforeseen circumstances.

Spring 2017 Classes

Spring 2017 Office Hours

  • Office hours:
     Mon/Wed@ 3:00-4:00PM (in EBE 240)
     Tu/Th @ 11:00-12:30PM (in EBE 240)

  • Or by Appointment:
    Call (724-398-4211) or email ( for an appointment


Summer 2017

Other Spring 2017 PRM-related Events

  • EAS & PRM Majors General Meeting
    ALL PRM Majors/Minors MUST Attend!
    Date: Thurs, Jan 24 @ 11:00AM in EBE 255 - BE THERE!

  • Parks & Recreation Society (SAI Student Org) Meetings
     Tues or Thurs @ 11:00AM in Eberly 266

  • Cal U Eco is BACK!

  • NEW this academic year, VentureOutdoors has gotten a grant to to plan & execute outings (kayaking/canoeing, bicycling/mt biking, geocaching, hiking/backpacking, hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, outdoor skills, outdoor leadership...)  for Cal U student orgs free of charge!

Spring 2017 Important Course Dates
Cal U Academic Calendar 2017-2018

  • Classes Begin - Monday, Jan 23, 2017

  • Last Day to Add/Drop a Class! - Monday, Jan 30, 2017

  • Last Day to apply for May 2017 Graduation - Fri, Mar 3, 2017!

  • Spring Break! No Classes - Sat, Mar 11 to Sun, Mar 19, 2017!

  • Last Day to Withdraw from a Course! - Fri, Apr 7, 2017

  • Classes End! - Last Class - Fri, May 5, 2017!

  • Final Exams Week - Mon, May 14 to Friday, May 19, 2017
    Spring 2017 Final Exam Schedule - TBA

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Undergraduate Commencement

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Fall 2017 Semester Ends
     - D2L Shells & Workforce Class Websites Close!

Spring 2017 Important Dates:
Conferences & Professional Development

Fall 2017 Important Dates:
Conferences & Professional Development

  • 2017 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) Annual Conference; September 26-285-8, 2017 @ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Wilderness Education Association's 2017 International Conference on Outdoor Leadership; October 25 - 27, 2017 @ Jackson, WY
  • Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) 2017 Annual Conference; November 1-3, 2017 @ Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA
  • 2017 Association for Experiential Education (AEE) International Conference, November 9-12, 2017 @ Sheraton Le Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Resort & Commercial Recreation 2017 National Conference; November 11-14, 2017 @ TBA

Looking Ahead:
Tentative list of REC & other required courses being taught in the next few semesters.  NOTE: This information is only tentative to assist students in planning for the future, However this could changed based on student needs!

  • Spring 2017 Semester begins Monday, January 23, 2017!
    Scheduled Courses: REC165, REC270, REC280, REC285, REC361, REC412,  REC478

  • Summer 2017 Semester - Begin May  - End August , 2017
    Scheduled Courses: GEO479: Internship in PRM

  • Fall 2017 Semester Begins Monday, August , 2017 - Ends December ,2017
    Tentative Courses: REC165, REC220, REC230, REC275, REC362, REC378

  • Spring 2018 Semester begins Monday, January , 2018
    Tentative Courses: REC165, REC225, REC240, REC365, REC374, GEO474

Earth Sciences Department has MOVED!

Effective with the start of the Spring 2016 semester, the Earth Sciences Department was relocated to EBERLY 230, the site of the former Career Services Services Department.  This move will provide the  Earth Sciences Department with a more centralized location for all of its faculty which will better serve the students.  Please make note of the following room changes:

Dr. Thomas Wickham – Earth Sciences Chair – EBE 236

Marie Spak – EAS Secretary – EBE 237

Dr. Tom Mueller - GIS Program Director – EBE 207

Dr. Susan Ryan - Tourism Studies Program Director – EBE 205

Dr. Billie Jo Arnold – EBE 267

Dr. Candice Riley – EBE 265

Dr. John Confer - Parks & Recreation Mgt Program Director – EBE 240

Dr. Swarn Gill – EBE 235

Dr. Kyle Fredrick - Geology Program Director – EBE 234

Dr. Mario Majcen – EBE 233

Dr. Chad Kauffman - Meteorlogy Program Director – EBE 232

Dr. Daniel Harris – EBE 231

NOTE: All of our phone number have remained the same!

About Me!

Dr. John Confer, Associate Professor of Parks & Recreation Mgt.
Director, Parks & Recreation Management Program

Parks & Rec Society Advisor
Cal U Eco Learning Community Leader
Cal U Interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (ICES)
Cal U Northern Appalachian Network

Office: 2nd Floor Eberly Building, Room EBE 240
Inside the NEW EAS Department Office Suite EAS 230
Office phone: (724) 938-4211

Click HERE to see my CV
Campus Mailing Address:
California University of Pennsylvania
Parks & Recreation Management Program
Earth Sciences Department, Box 55
250 University Avenue.
California, PA 15427
Earth Sciences Office: 160 Eberly Building
EAS Phone: (724) 938-4180
EAS Fax: (724) 938-5780

As my Mom used to say "Go Outside & Play!" (Click on the icons below to see where to play)

PTAG1 - Pittsburgh Trail Advocacy Group, AOC2 - Allegheny Outdoor Club, KTA3 - Keystone Trails Association

Practicing What I Preach & Teach!
My favorite recreation & leisure activities include travel & trekking often combined with hiking, backpacking, camping & sight-seeing.  I have spent time in all of the 50 states - including Alaska & Hawaii, most of the Canadian Provinces, many of the Caribbean Islands (US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Cozumel), Mexico, a number of Central American countries (Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras - including the Bay Islands & Nicaragua), Ireland & Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand & Fiji.  This travel is not only an important part of my leisure but also contributes to my education, scholarship and teaching.  I often use examples and photos from my travels in my teaching.  Also my travels have provided me with a wealth of life experiences as well as many opportunities to encounter, interact with and hopefully better understand different cultures.  In keeping with the mission of The International Ecotourism Society - TIES (, of which I am a member, my philosophy when traveling is to be a responsible ecotourist by minimizing my negative impacts and conserving the environment while improving the well-being of local people.

Most of the recreation activities I participate in during my leisure can be generally be classified as human-powered outdoor recreation & adventure recreation.  Some of my favorite recreation activities I enjoy while traveling include

Pacific Rim NP, Tofino, BC, Canada

Everglades NP, Flamingo, FL, USA

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood NF, OR


  • Cal U ECO Learning Community: People, Nature & Media: Exploring Human Connections to the Outdoors & Natural World

  • Classes taught: (Click to view Syllabus for each class)

    • REC 165: Introduction to Recreation & Leisure

    • REC 240: Human Ecology

    • REC 246: Scenic Areas of the U.S.*

    • REC 270: Interpretive Methods in Parks & Recreation*

    • REC 280: Adventure & Outdoor Recreation Outfitting*

    • REC 275: Green Parks & Sustainable Recreation*

    • REC 362: Recreation Site Design & Management

    • REC 365: Recreation Resource Management

    • REC 374: Commercial Recreation Management

    • REC 378: Recreation Management & Leadership

    • REC 412: Recreation Program Planning & Evaluation

    • REC 478: Professional Development in Parks & Recreation*

    • GEO 123: Introduction to CAD & GIS

    • GEO 340: Historical Geography

    • GEO 479: Internship in PRM/GEO/EAS


Research & Scholarship

To Find out more about me you can go to my web pages HERE.

Click HERE to see my CV

Baldwin Estate, Lake Tahoe, CA

Denali the Beach Dog
Sanibel Island, FL

Punxsutawney Phil, Groundhog Day
Gobblers Knob, Punxsutawney , PA

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Dr. John Confer, Professor
Director, Parks & Recreation Program
California University of Pennsylvania
Earth Sciences Dept, Parks & Recreation Mgmt. Program
Office: EBE 224 (inside EAS Office Suite 230), 2nd floor, Eberly Sciences & Technology Center
Fall 2016 Office Hours:
  Tu/Th @ 11-12:30AM & MW @ 3-3:50PM
  or by appointment (E-mail for appointment)
Phone: (724) 938-4211
Dr. Confer's Home Page:

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