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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Teaching Schedule

Summer 2016

Fall 2016 Classes

Fall 2016 Office Hours

  • Office hours: Tu/Th @ 11:00-12:30PM (EBE 240)

  • Office hours: Mon/Wed@ 3:00-4:00PM (EBE 240)

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

Other Fall 2016 PRM-related Events

  • EAS & PRM Majors General Meeting
    ALL PRM Majors/Minors MUST Attend!
    Tentative Date: Tuesday, August 30 @ 11:00AM in EBE 255

  • 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!

Fall 2016 Important Course Dates
Cal U Academic Calendar 2016-2017

  • Classes Begin - Monday, Jan 19, 2016

  • Last Day to Add/Drop a Class! - Jan 26, 2016

  • Last Day to apply for May 2016 Graduation - Thursday, Mar 4, 2016!

  • Spring Break! No Classes - Monday, Mar 7 - Friday, Mar 11, 2016!

  • Last Day to Withdraw from a Course! - Friday, Apr 1, 2016

  • Classes End! - Last Class - Mon, May 2, 2016!

  • Final Exams Week - Tues, May 3 to Friday, May 6, 2016
    Fall 2016 Final Exam Schedule - TBA

  • Saturday, May 7, 2016 - Undergraduate Commencement

  • Saturday, May 10, 2016 - Spring 2016 Semester Ends
     - D2L Shells & Workforce Class Websites Close!

Spring 2016 Important Dates:
Conferences & Professional Development

Looking Ahead:

  • Summer 2016 Internships - Begin May 9 - End August 20, 2016

  • Fall 2016 Semester Begins Monday, August 29, 2016!

  • Spring 2017 Semester begins Monday, January 23, 2017!

Earth Sciences Department has MOVED!

Effective with the start of the Spring 2016 semester, the Earth Sciences Department will be located in EBERLY 230, the site of the former Career 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 Chair EBE 236

Marie Spak Secretary EBE 237

Dr. Tom Mueller EBE 207

Dr. Susan Ryan EBE 205

Dr. Billie Jo Arnold EBE 267

Dr. Candice Riley EBE 265

Dr. John Confer EBE 240

Dr. Swarn Gill EBE 235

Dr. Kyle Fredrick EBE 234

Dr. Mario Majcen EBE 233

Dr. Chad Kauffman EBE 232

Dr. Daniel Harris EBE 231

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
California University of Pennsylvania
Earth Sciences Dept, Parks & Recreation Mgmt. Program
Office: EBE 265 2nd floor, Eberly Sciences & Technology Center
Fall 2016 Office Hours:
  Tu/Th @ 11-12:50AM & MW @ 3-3:50PM
  or by appointment (E-mail for appointment)
Phone: (724) 938-4211
Dr. Confer's Home Page:

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