- Nature photographers
- Interpreters/docents at parks and museums
- Anyone interested in learning about nature
What You'll Learn
- Nature interpretation skills through field study of physical and biological sciences.
- The interrelationship of the biotic, physical and anthropogenic features of a locale or region.
- Skills to function as a paid or volunteer naturalist for national, state or county parks; museums; botanical gardens; and nature preserves.
What You Can Do With This Certificate
Positions are available in areas such as national, state or county parks, museums, botanical gardens and nature preserves. Positions might include:
- Program Leader
“I take classes to further my knowledge and skills about a variety of topics, and I have enjoyed every course I completed at UCR Extension. The field study courses that led to my Professional Certificate in Field Geology have been outstanding. I had the opportunity to learn, explore our community, and meet many wonderful like-minded people who share the believe that lifelong learning is an integral aspect of work-life balance.”
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services
Mountain View School District
Earning the Certificate
Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:
- No prerequisites
For more information see How to Earn a Certificate
Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.
“Many of my most memorable learning experiences have come from the classes I took over the years: chasing insects above UCSB, searching for rare plants in the Mojave Desert, or studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica. To now teach these classes and take students to the Desert Studies Center, Joshua Tree, the Channel Islands, or to the bird rich sky islands of Southeast Arizona are amazing opportunities that mean the world to my students.”
Professor of Natural Resources
College of the Desert
Palm Desert, CA
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