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Conservation & Natural Resource

The Lackawanna College Environmental Center Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program will help you turn your love of nature into a career. Through our program, you can learn about managing wildlife, parks and forests, as well as gain a working knowledge of Northeastern United States ecology and the recreational use of renewable and non-renewable resources.

Through our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program, you will be prepared for a career as an entry-level park ranger, forest ranger or interpreter in Pennsylvania state, county, and municipal park systems. The certificate is also a great resume addition for anyone seeking a career in environmental education, recreation or natural resource conservation.

Our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program meets the minimum requirement of 15 undergraduate level credits in environmental science, biology or related fields required by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission to take the DCNR Ranger Trainee Exam.

Why Enroll in Our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate Program?

You can complete your Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate in as little as 15 weeks with a practical curriculum that helps you apply your skills and knowledge in the real world. Along with coursework, our students also receive hands-on field training at over a dozen ecologically unique locations in our region. 

The Lackawanna College Conservation and Natural Resource courses can easily transfer into a two or four-year environmental studies program. 

You will start your journey in conservation with an accredited institution that is committed to keeping higher education accessible and affordable. Our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program is made for people just like you!

At Lackawanna College, we offer some of the most affordable certificate programs in northeastern Pennsylvania. Tuition for our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program is $7,750 with textbooks included. Financial aid is available for this program. Tuition is subject to change. This program is approved for WIOA funding for dislocated workers.

What’s Involved in Our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate Program?

The Conservation & Natural Resource program is a 15-week fall semester. Students will complete five undergraduate-level field biology courses at our Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center in Covington Township, Pa., located on 211-acres of diverse habitat.

You will gain hands-on experience in the basic principles of conservation from courses designed to develop your knowledge of northeastern United States flora and fauna and the recreational use of renewable and non-renewable resources. You will also receive comprehensive hands-on field training at more than a dozen ecologically unique locations in northeastern Pennsylvania.

All Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program courses meet once a week for three hours:

  • Park Management & Environmental Interpretation
  • Wildlife Management
  • Dendrology & Wildflowers
  • Field Ornithology
  • Freshwater Ecosystems (Macro, Fish, Reptile, & Amphibian)

Students interested in becoming park rangers are strongly encouraged to take the Lackawanna College Police Academy 943-hour MPOETC ACT 120 training which would increase employment opportunities and qualify you for law enforcement ranger positions and positions within municipal police departments. Acceptance into the Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate program does not guarantee your acceptance into the Police Academy. Click here for more information.

Apply to Our Conservation & Natural Resource Certificate Program

If you are interested in enrolling in Lackawanna College’s Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program, contact the Lackawanna College Environmental Center at (570) 842-1506.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Careers

The CNR certificate is appropriate for anyone seeking a career as a park ranger or related field. Courses are also transferable into two- or four-year programs. Students may take courses individually. Financial aid is available.

Clubs / Internships

Ecoclub

Accreditation

Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.

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