Natural Resource Certificate Program | Lackawanna College


Conservation and Natural Resource Certificate Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2022

SCRANTON, Pa. – July 12, 2022 – Want a career as a park ranger?

Lackawanna College is now accepting applications for its Conservation and Natural Resource certificate program from those who want a career as a park ranger, in environmental education or in a related field.

The fall program will run August 29 – December 16 at Lackawanna College’s Environmental Education Center (LCEEC), which is on 211 acres of diverse habitat in Covington Township, south of Moscow.

During the 15-week program, students will complete five undergraduate-level biology courses.

“The Conservation and Natural Resource certificate program is perfect for students who want to work outdoors and help educate the public about the various elements of wildlife that Pennsylvania offers,” said Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray. “This certificate program prepares our graduates to be successful in the local workforce and helps make a difference in their local communities. I would encourage anyone who wants a career in the outdoors to consider enrolling in our certificate program.”

The program focuses on the conservation and interpretation of the state’s natural environment. Students will get instruction in environmental interpretation, wildlife management, freshwater ecosystems, dendrology and ornithology. Students will experience both classroom and hands-on field training.

“The Conservation and Natural Resource certificate offers students a unique and affordable college experience in under four months,” said LCEEC Director Sharon Yanik-Craig. “Our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Environmental Center allows for state-of-the-art instruction with the ability to walk to a variety of ecosystems which is an invaluable asset to this type of training program.”

Students can also take individual courses from the program, which are transferable into two- or four-year programs. Upon graduation, students receive a CNR certificate and transcripts of their undergraduate coursework.

Financial aid for the CNR certificate program is available. The program is also approved for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding for displaced workers or individuals with high financial need. Call the Pennsylvania Career Link for Lackawanna County to verify WIOA funding eligibility at (570) 963-4671.

For more information about the program, visit, contact Sharon Yanik-Craig at or call (570) 842-1506.