Terence G Young

Terence G Young

Professor Emeritus of Geography, Geography and Anthropology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

About Me

Terence Young earned his Ph.D. in geography at UCLA and was a member of the Department of Geography and Anthropology and the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His areas of teaching and research expertise include historical geography, environmental geography, biogeography, and tourism & recreation, particularly of the United States. He has published on nature perception and meaning, recreational environments, tourist landscapes, theme parks, and nature parks and reserves. The Johns Hopkins University Press released his book, Building San Francisco's Parks, 1850-1930, in February 2004. It explores the links between concepts of nature, landscape design, and social order in the struggles over park making in San Francisco. Cornell University Press published his latest book, Heading Out: A History of American Camping, in June 2017. It explores how camping is linked to pilgrimage, modernization, and technology.


My current research topics are:

Essentialism & American Urban Greenspace Advocacy


USNPS International Short Course (1965-1992) and the North Americanization of Parks & Protected Areas around the World


"The Four Vagabonds" (John Burroughs, Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone, and Henry Ford) & American Camping

Previous Courses Taught at CPP

Geography 100 - World Regional Geography
Last taught Winter 2016

Geography 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography
Last taught in Fall 2015

Geography 3080L - Biogeography
Last taught Spring 2020

Geography 330/A - Environmental Geography
Last taught Winter 2018

Geography 335 - Historical Geography
Last taught Spring 2018

Geography 345 - Tourism in a Globalizing World
Last taught Winter 2018

Geography 3510 - California
Last taught Spring 2020

Geography 430 - Geography of Landscape Preservation
Last taught Spring 2018

Geography 4350 - Parks and Protected Areas
Last taught Spring 2019

RS 510 - Regenerative Concepts and Social Practices
Last taught Fall 2011