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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Fall 2015 Classes

Fall 2015 Office Hours:

  • Tues & Thur @ 11:00-12:30PM in EBE 265;
    Mon & Wed @ 3:00-4:00PM in EBE 265;
    or by appointment, call (724-938-4211) or email me

Other Fall 2015 PRM-related Events

  • EAS & PRM Majors General Meeting
    ALL PRM Majors/Minors MUST Attend!
    Thursday,  Aug 27 @ 11:00AM in EBE 255

  • Parks & Recreation Society (SAI Student Org) Meetings
    Every Wednesday @ 10:30AM in Eberly 261 (TGIF Lab)

Summer 2015 Classes

Fall 2015 Important Course Events:

PASSHE Common Calendar & Cal U Class Calendar Fall 2015

  • Classes Begin - Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

  • Last Day to Add/Drop a Class! - Aug 24- Aug 31, 2015

  • Labor Day - No Classes - Monday, Sep 7, 2015

  • Thanksgiving Break! - No Class
    Thursday, Nov 26 - Friday, Nov 27, 2015

  • Last Day to Withdraw from a Course! - TBA

  • Classes End! - Last Class - Friday, Dec 4, 2015

  • Final Exams Week - Mon, Dec 7 to Friday, Dec 11
    Fall 2015 Final Exam Schedule

  • Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 - Undergraduate Commencement

  • Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 - Fall 2014 Semester Ends
     - D2L Shells & Workforce Class Websites Close!

Fall 2015 Important Dates:
Conferences & Professional Development

  • 2015 PA Trails & Greenways Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2015 @ Holiday Inn & Allegheny Community Center, Warren, PA

  • 2015 National Park & Recreation Association (NRPA) Congress & Symposium, ; @ , Las Vegas, NV

  • 2015 Association of Outdoor Recreation & Education (AORE), Nov. 16-20, 2015 @ Sheraton Atlanta Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, GA

  • 2015 Resort & Commercial Recreation Association Conference,

  • 2015 Association of Experiential Education (AEE), Oct. 22-25, 2015 @ Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

Summer 2015 Important Events

Cal U Academic Calendar & Cal U Class Calendar Summer 2015

  • Internships - Begin May 11 - End Aug 15, 2015
    Grades due from Faculty - Tues, Aug 18, 2015


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 Co-Leader
Cal U Interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (ICES)
Cal U Northern Appalachian Network

Office: 2nd Floor Eberly Building, Room EBE 265
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 Teach & Preach!
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 264: 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

    • 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
California University of Pennsylvania
Earth Sciences Dept, Parks & Recreation Mgmt. Program
Office: EBE 265 2nd floor, Eberly Sciences & Technology Center
Fall 2013 Office Hours:
  MWF @ 11-11:50AM & MW @ 3-3:50PM
  or by appointment (E-mail for appointment)
Phone: (724) 938-4211
Dr. Confer's Home Page:

Cal U Parks & Rec Mgmt Program Facebook Page