Experiential and Service-Based Learning

Our department highly values learning through experience while serving the community and environment. Field based experience is an essential component to RPTA coursework. Here at WIU- Quad Cities we have an assortment of classes, such as Programming (RPTA 235) and Resource Management for Fly Fisheries (RPTA/ZOOL 485), that get students working in the field.

 Prepare to get your hands dirty while you plan special events, volunteer with organizations and program recreation activities for people of all ages.

 Watch below as students learn cold-water ecology through the experience of fly-fishing.

 "In my experience, nothing is more important than mixing your academic developments with relatable job experiences early in your college degree program, giving you an opportunity to build your exposure and define and pursue your career goals.The Pathways Program for Students and Recent Graduates offers students a chance to leave school with no regrets. It was with great pleasure to collaborate with Rob Porter and two WIU RPTA classes in the pursuit of a recreation needs assessment and the layout and design of the 6-mile multi-purpose Indian Creek trail. Phase one was completed in 2014. The remainder trail phases have been adopted in the 2015 Mark Twain Lake Project Master Plan. This recreation opportunity would not have been completed without student input and support from Western Illinois University."

~ Zach Noordhoff (B.S. 2005, M.S. 2007)
Natural Resource Specialist, Flood Risk Management Branch, US Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District