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Weather-Related Announcement


Due to forecasted hazardous road conditions, day and evening classes in Cullowhee are suspended after 2 p.m., Biltmore Park instructional site after 1 p.m.
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Ben Tholkes

Phone: 828-227-3843
Office Address: Reid Gym 122I


  • Ph.D., Parks and Recreation, University of Minnesota
  • M.S., Experiential Education, Mankato State University
  • B.S., Business Administration, Mankato State University

Research Interests:

Campus outdoor recreation; recreational use of public lands; recreation programs for youth-at-risk; anxiety and performance in adventure recreation; impacts of crowding on public lands.


  • Association of National Park Rangers
  • North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association
  • Association of Experiential Education
  • National Ski Patrol
  • National Recreation and Parks Association


Dr. Tholkes teaches core courses in the Parks and Recreation Management Program, including “Foundations of Parks and Management,” “Outdoor Recreation,” “Outdoor Emergency Care,” “Land-based Outdoor Pursuits,” and “Senior Seminar.”

Prior to completing his Ph.D., he worked for a number of years as a National Park Service ranger and a professional ski patrol. In addition to his teaching duties, he also volunteers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and at Sapphire Valley Ski Area.

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