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Our comprehensive wildlife and forestry Conservation Course puts you on the path to success with in-depth Conservation training in important sea, soils, air, forestry and wildlife issues. Turn your passion for protecting the environment into a career!

We’ll assist you in learning the important information you’ll need to begin working in the conservation field including problems threatening usable farmland, critical issues concerning land use and natural and accelerated erosion. Our wildlife and forestry conservation course puts you on the road to a successful career.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Exams
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  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

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Lesson 1: Lessons from Ecology  

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 2: The Human Population Problem  

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 3: The Nature of Soils  

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 4: Soil Conservation & American Farms  

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 5: Feeding a Hungry Planet  

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 6: Water  

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.

Lesson 7: Water Pollution  

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.

Special Report: Time Management Guide  

Efficient techniques for conservation professionals.

Lesson 8: Fisheries Management  

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 9: Coastlands, Estuaries & Oceans  

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 10: Rangeland 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 11: Forest Management  

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 12: Wildlife Extinction  

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 13: Wildlife Management  

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 14: Pesticides: Crops, Health & the 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.

Lesson 15: Managing Wastes in the Human Environment  

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.

Special Supplement: A Conservationist's Career Guide  

A manual to assist you in achieving your goals.

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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
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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.

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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.