Caring for our nature parks – from national parks, wilderness areas, reserves and camp and picnic grounds – is not just about good management. It’s also about providing quality recreational and educational experiences without compromising the parks’ natural environment. This course is ideal for those working in land rehabilitation, parks management, conservation or in related industries.
The Certificate of Nature Park Managementis an online program that will give you a solid foundation in the management of nature parks, including how to create nature trails, build pathways and construct watercourses and animal enclosures, while still maintaining natural, balanced ecosystems.
In this professional development course, you will explore the role of various types and roles of nature parks, the basics of ecology, nature park design, the culture of indigenous plants, rehabilitation problems and solutions, how to maintain plants and turf, and how to manage soil, weeds, trees, pests and disease.
You will alsostudy visitor amenities, interpretative facilities and trail design and construction, the preservation of and impact of recreation on natural environments, how to manage wildlife and conserve natural water bodies, market nature parks and minimise and manage safety issues.
On completion of this course, you will have gained valuable knowledge in the management of a variety of nature parks without compromising their natural environments. What a wonderful way to spend your days at work!
Nature park management I
Unit 1 – Introduction to Nature Parks
Role of nature parks
Zoos and wildlife parks
Role of community groups in nature parks
Using indigenous plants
Benefits of indigenous remnant vegetation
Plant identification: plant reviews
Unit 2 – Basic Ecology
Ecology and its application
Constituents of an ecosystem: biotic and abiotic
Heterotrophic vs, autotrophic
Climate: soil: vegetation interrelationships
Classification of animals
Botanical families for different genera: a framework for identifying plants
Unit 3 – Soil Management in Nature Parks
Soil Management Overview
Earthworks in nature parks
Causes, types and control of erosion
Sources of salinity
Control methods for soil salinity
Soil acidification, and causes
Compaction of soil
Soil and plant growth
Naming the soil
Nutrient availability and pH
Fertilizers and nutrient components
Unit 4 – Plant Maintenance
Plant maintenance in nature parks
Economics of planting
Aesthetic criteria for plant selection
Natural gardening techniques
Using hardy, pest free plants
Planting for a succession
Equipment: a more sustaainable and natural approach
Avoiding problem materials
Disposing of waste
When to plant
Machinery for park maintenance: overview
Unit 5 – Design of Nature Parks I
Nature park design
Pre planning information
Unit 6 – Design of Nature Parks II
Designing animal enclosures
Cages and pens
Open range enclosures
Designing and siting animal enclosures
Specifications and contracts
Unit 7 – Weed Management in Nature Parks
Characteristics of weeds
Weed control options
Non chemical control
Plants which take over
Unit 8 – Pest and Disease Management
Pest and disease control: chemical and non chemical
Using chemicals safely
Understanding plant pathology
How to inspect plants for suspected problems
Insect biology and classification
Laws related to chemical use
Types of poisons
Review of main types of plant pests
Review of common fungal problems affecting plants
Unit 9 – Culture of Indigenous Plants
Growing indigenous plants in nature park
Plant establishment: direct planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration
Factors affecting rehabilitation: debris, mass plantings, water, topsoil, exotic organisms
Nature park management II
Unit 1 – Natural environments
Park management functions
Ecosystems and ecological concepts
The web of life
Habitats and niche
Conservation of natural resources
Renewable and non-renewable resources
Revegetation of degraded landscapes
Preservation and management of native grasslands
Sensitive management practices
Reintroduction of native species
Recreation of native grasslands
The value of trees
Commercial value of trees
Unit 2 – Recreation in Nature Parks
Nature parks and recreation
What is recreation
Environmentally based recreational activities
Recreational impacts on the environment
Impacts of vehicles in nature parks
Water based recreational activities
Land based recreational activities
Principles of ecotourism
Simple rules and ethical concerns
Code of practice for operators
Unit 3 – Wildlife management
Approaches and goals
Wildlife management habitats
Changes to habitats
Water supply in habitats
Siting water points
Captive breeding and release
Zoo breading and release programs
Culling and cropping
Unit 4 – Visitor amenities and nature parks
Impact of visitor amenities
Structures in the landscape
Elements of a recreational landscape
Play structures – design considerations
Layout problems with playground structures
Plants in playgrounds
Creating an aesthetic character
Accommodation facilities in ecotourism ventures
Unit 5 – Park interpretation
Principles of park interpretation
Planning and techniques for interpretation
Personal and non-personal services
Sign design (advantages and disadvantages)
Unit 6 – Trail design and construction
Track planning and design
Types of trails
Designing an environmental trail
Fun and fitness trails
Unit 7 – Water areas
Natural water bodies
Planning water-based activities
Unit 8 – Marketing nature parks
Marketing and advertising budgets
Structuring and advertisement or promotion
Making your advertisement work
Types of customers
Key rules every salesperson should follow
Unit 9 – Risk management I
Safety in wilderness areas
Search and rescue
Unit 10 – Risk management II
Risk management plans
Developing the plan
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 200 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
Professional development for those aspiring to work in national parks and nature reserves, botanical parks and gardens. As well as ecotourism.