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 Park Management
The role of nature parks
Zoos and wildlife parks
The role of community groups in nature parks
Using indigenous plants in nature park
The benefits of indigenous remnant vegetation
The benefits of indigenous plants
Plant review sheets
How to prepare a plant review sheet
Example of a plant identification worksheet
Unit 2 – Basic Ecology
Ecology and its application to nature park management
Constituents of an ecosystem
Heterotrophic vs. autotrophic
Types of plant association
Examples of plant associations
Classification of animals
botanical families of genera
Unit 3 – Soil Management in Nature Parks
Earthworks in nature parks
Causes of human erosion
Control of erosion
Control methods for salinity
Causes of soil acidification
Soil and plant growth
Naming the soil
Nutrient availability and pH
Unit 4 – Plant Maintenance
Plant maintenance in nature parks
Garden maintenance in nature parks
General plant selection guidelines
Natural gardening techniques
Use hardy pest-free plants
Planting for a succession
Using chemical controls
Equipment: a more natural approach
Avoiding problem materials
Disposing of waste
Compostable waste and recyclable material
Composting and compost bins
How to make good compost
Basic planting procedure
Time of planting
Planting hints and when to plant
Machinery for park maintenance
Mowers and aerators/power rakes
Leaf rakes/ vacuums and seeders
Unit 5 – Design of Nature Parks 1
Nature park design
Scale and labels
Sending plans online
Unit 7 – Weed management
Weeds in nature parks
Characteristics of weeds
Definitions and terms
Non chemical control
Plants that take over gardens
Unit 8 – Pests and disease management
Pest and disease control
Using chemicals safely
Control of problems
How to conduct a plant inspection
The orders of insects
Insect feeding habits
Law in relation to chemical use
Pests and fungi
Common fungal problems
Unit 9 – Culture of indigenous plants
Growing indigenous plants in nature parks
Direct planting using nursery-grown plants
Special planting techniques
Planting arid sites
Unit 10 – Tree management
Tree management in nature parks
The role of trees in nature parks
Tree maintenance plan
Animal food trees
Trees in wilderness areas
Keeping trees healthy
Tree surgery safety
Safety for the worker
Safety equipment for climbers
Public safety and safety regulations
Tree surgery techniques
Bracing and cabling
Propping and draining
Unit 11 – Turf Care
Turf care in nature parks
Choosing turf grasses
Picnic areas and sports ovals
Gardens and parks
Laying a new lawn
Soil preparation and level
Sow the seeds and rake in
Turf grass varieties
Common couch (cynodon dactylon)
Chewing fescue (festuca rubra var. Commutata)
Perennial rye grass (lolium perenne)
Annual rye grass (lolium multiflorum)
Red creeping fescue (festuca rubra)
Creeping bent grass (agrostis palustris)
Browntop bent (agrostis tenuis)
Kentucky blue grass (poa pratensia)
Turf maintenance practices
Coring, spiking, drilling slicing and grooving
Rolling turf and topdressing
Unit 12 – Rehabilitation: problems and solutions
Land rehabilitation in nature parks
Site information plan and management plan
Soil problems in degraded sites
Overcoming dry soils
Hints for sandy dry soils
What can cause wet areas?
Problems with wet areas
Raise levels or fill depression
Plant with water-loving plants:
If you have nowhere to drain to:
Problems with developing wet sites
Factors affecting rehabilitation
The effect of debris
The effect of mass plantings
The effect of water movement
Invasion by exotic organisms
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. 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?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 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!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
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.
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Professional development for those aspiring to work in national parks and nature reserves, botanical parks and gardens. As well as ecotourism.