What You'll Learn
The online Conservation training course is comprised of 15 fascinating lessons. Each lesson explains the scientific basis of an aspect of earth’s ecology in detail. There are also fun and challenging practice exercises to help you review pertinent concepts such as…
- Origins of various types of water pollution
- Impact of weather and seasonal changes on lakes
- Methods of controlling coastal erosion
- How reforesting is accomplished
- Crop management
- Waste management
Lesson 1: Lessons from Ecology
Lesson 2: The Human Population Problem
Understanding the relationships between organisms and their environment; principles of ecology; the ecosystem defined; the two laws of energy; food chains of various organisms; the biomes: forests, grasslands, tundras, and deserts.
Lesson 3: The Nature of Soils
How population growth rates are determined; overpopulation and its effect on the environment; methods of birth control; comparing population trends of different countries; solutions to the population problem.
Lesson 4: Soil Conservation & American Farms
Where soil comes from; the importance of fertile soil development; the characteristics and composition of different kinds of soil: loam, gravel, sand, silt, and clay; soil structure; determining quality in good soil and poor soil; the soil profile; ten major classifications of soil.
Lesson 5: Feeding a Hungry Planet
Problems threatening usable farmland; critical issues concerning land use; natural and accelerated erosion; factors affecting natural erosion including rainfall, soil structure, and topography; erosion control practices; soil fertility conservation; synthetic fertilizers.
Lesson 6: Water
Understanding the world hunger crisis; undernutrition and malnutrition; increasing the efficiency of food production; strategies for overcoming hunger; genetic, chemical, and electronic ways of producing food; reducing pest damage; how new food sources are being developed.
Lesson 7: Water Pollution
Factors contributing to shortages of water; phases of the water cycle; oceans, groundwater, surface water, and evaporation; problems with the water supply; the environmental impact of floods and droughts; flood control; methods of irrigation; techniques for conserving water; ground water resources; desalination; rainmaking; iceberg harvests; water diversion.
Special Report: Time Management Guide
Types of water pollution and their origins; how pollution is being controlled; classification of lakes; algae and weeds; over-production of nitrates and their effect on ground water; groundwater pollution; thermal and toxic chemical pollution; metal pollution; sewage treatment and disposal; new technologies for improving water quality; effects of oil spills; uses for sludge; disposal of industrial wastes.
Lesson 8: Fisheries Management
Efficient techniques for conservation professionals.
Lesson 9: Coastlands, Estuaries & Oceans
The ecosystems of streams and lakes; the impact of weather and seasonal changes on lakes; the reproductive nature and cycles of fish; environmental factors affecting the lifespans of fish; controlling the fish population; laws protecting fish; populating aquatic systems; improving habitats for freshwater fish; removing undesirable fish; the pros and cons of creating artificial lakes; responsibilities of fisheries managers.
Lesson 10: Rangeland Management
The problems caused by coastal erosion; methods of controlling coastal erosion; coastal marshes and wetlands; the marine ecosystem; three zones in oceans; food chains in oceans; types of ocean pollution and efforts to control them; the effects of dumping plastic and waste in oceans; dangers facing whales and porpoises; locating and harvesting fish; sea farming; the ocean fishing industry.
Lesson 11: Forest Management
Growth characteristics of range grasses; types of grazing livestock; laws regulating range abuse; range composition: plant types and pasture conditions on ranges; duties of ranchers and range managers; techniques for rangeland improvement; insect and predator control; how ranges deteriorate.
Lesson 12: Wildlife Extinction
The many uses of forests; methods of reseeding and planting; how reforesting is accomplished; timber harvesting; hybridizing trees; controlling forest pests; forest fires and wildfire; methods of fighting forest fires; America's tree supply; the demand for wood products and paper; causes of tropical rain forest depletion; duties of the U.S. Forest Service.
Lesson 13: Wildlife Management
Wildlife populations and the problem of extinction; dynamics of species populations; predators and parasites; factors regulating plant and animal population size; the dynamics of animal survival; habitat destruction and causes of a species decline; causes of species extinction; effects of hunting on animal populations; methods for preventing extinction; provisions of current legislation protecting endangered species.
Lesson 14: Pesticides: Crops, Health & the Environment
Principles of wildlife management; types of wildlife habitats; animal movement explained (dispersal of young, mass emigration, and migration); organic and non-organic poisoning; why deer and waterfowl die; national wildlife refuges; protecting and controlling wildlife; duties of a wildlife manager.
Lesson 15: Managing Wastes in the Human Environment
The pest problem and its origin; types of chemical pesticides; benefits and hazards of pesticide use; environmentally sound alternatives to pest control; laws regulating pesticides; environmental pest management; pest control in farms, rangelands, and forests.
Special Supplement: A Conservationist's Career Guide
Types of municipal waste; solid waste management; approaches to recycling; the pros and cons of dumps, landfills, composting, and incineration; types of toxic waste and their effect on the environment; laws regulating waste disposal; managing and disposing of hazardous waste.
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What You Get
Complete our online conservation training on your terms. Start on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal assistance when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead quickly!
Carefully selected wildlife and forestry conservation course content ensures a balance of integral theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition covers:
- Customized conservation textbook and study guides
- Online, open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
Graduates of our Conservation training course receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. Your diploma is a symbol of your dedication to a worthwhile profession and your commitment to success.
We’ve cleared the way. Your Conservation training can start today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.