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Park Management A (Introduction) Course Online

Why study this Park Management A (Introduction) course?

If your dream is to work outdoors with nature or animals; this online Park Management A (Introduction) course is best for you.

Interested in working in nature with animals? Want to learn how to properly manage various types of nature parks? Then this online introductory park management course may just be perfect for you! This course will teach you how soils are managed in nature parks, how to design a nature park, how to control pests and diseases in nature parks, how nature parks are maintained, and more.

Get the skills you need in order to make right decisions, big and small.

Who is this course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone working with or want to work with, national parks, wilderness parks or wildlife parks. Park Management I provides you with practical skills and knowledge to manage the challenges experienced in a rewarding position that is more of a lifestyle than a job.

Students who study Park management A should continue on to Park management B and should also consider ‘value adding’ to their skills by undertaking further courses such as adventure tourism, eco tour management or tour guiding or wildlife management or zoo keeping.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the importance of the interrelationships between various components of a natural environment within an ecosystem.
  • Develop management strategies for soils within a natural ecosystem.
  • Develop management strategies for plant maintenance practices, in nature parks.
  • Design a nature park, or a section within a nature park.
  • Develop management strategies for the control of weed problems in a nature park.
  • Develop management strategies for the rehabilitation of degraded sites in a nature park.

 

Lesson Structure

1. Introduction to Nature Parks
  • Role of nature parks
  • National parks
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Reserves
  • Role of community groups in nature parks
  • Using indigenous plants
  • Benefits of indigenous remnant vegetation
  • Naturalised plants
  • Plant identification: plant reviews
2. Basic Ecology
  • Ecology and its application
  • Constituents of an ecosystem: biotic and abiotic
  • Ecosystem function
  • Heterotrophic vs, autotrophic
  • Ecological concepts
  • Ecology relationships
  • Climatic zones
  • Climate: soil: vegetation interrelationships
  • Plant association
  • Living things
  • Classification of animals
  • Plant classification
  • Using keys
  • Botanical families for different genera: a framework for identifying plants
3. Soil Management in Nature Parks
  • Soil Management Overview
  • Earthworks in nature parks
  • Soil degradation
  • Erosion
  • Causes, types and control of erosion
  • Salinity
  • Sources of salinity
  • Control methods for soil salinity
  • Soil acidification, and causes
  • Compaction of soil
  • Chemical residues
  • Soil and plant growth
  • Naming the soil
  • Improving soils
  • Sampling soils
  • Nutrient availability and pH
  • Fertilizers and nutrient components
  • Terminology
4. Plant Maintenance
  • Plant maintenance in nature parks
  • Plant selection
  • Economics of planting
  • Ongoing costs
  • Longevity
  • Aesthetic criteria for plant selection
  • Natural gardening techniques
  • Using hardy, pest free plants
  • Planting for a succession
  • Equipment: a more sustainable and natural approach
  • Avoiding problem materials
  • Disposing of waste
  • Composting
  • Planting procedure
  • Staking plants
  • When to plant
  • Machinery for park maintenance: overview
5. Design of Nature Parks I
  • Nature park design
  • Landscaping procedure
  • Pre planning information
  • Landscape plans
  • Design procedure
6. Design of Nature Parks II
  • Designing animal enclosures
  • Cages and pens
  • Open range enclosures
  • Designing and siting animal enclosures
  • Specifications and contracts
7. Weed Management in Nature Parks
  • Characteristics of weeds
  • Weed control options
  • Chemical control
  • Biological control
  • Non chemical control
  • Plants which take over
  • Environmental weeds
8. Pest and Disease Management
  • Pest and disease control: chemical and non chemical
  • Using chemicals safely
  • Understanding plant pathology
  • How to inspect plants for suspected problems
  • Insect biology and classification
  • Laws related to chemical use
  • Types of poisons
  • Understanding toxicity
  • Review of main types of plant pests
  • Review of common fungal problems affecting plants
9. Culture of Indigenous Plants
  • Growing indigenous plants in nature park
  • Plant establishment: direct planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration
  • Planting design
  • Planting techniques: pocket planting, slope serration, wattling, planting arid sites, direct seeding, spray seeding
10. Tree Management in Nature Parks
  • The role of trees
  • Tree maintenance plan
  • Arboriculture (overview)
  • Safety for tree surgery
  • Tree surgery techniques
11. Turf Care in Nature Parks
  • Introduction
  • Choosing turf grasses
  • Feature lawns
  • Picnic areas
  • Areas for sport, gardens, parks
  • Establishing a new lawn
  • Review of turf varieties
  • Turf maintenance procedures
  • Topdressing
12. Rehabilitation Problems and Solutions
  • Land rehabilitation in nature parks
  • Site plan information needed
  • Site management plan
  • Soil problems on degraded sites
  • Dry areas, overcoming dry soils, managing sandy soils
  • What causes wet areas
  • Overcoming problems with wet areas
  • Factors affecting rehabilitation: debris, mass plantings, water, topsoil, exotic organisms

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  • Experienced Tutor support
  • Certificate sent to you
  • Online study (Printed notes available)
  • Self paced - no set timetable
  • 12 months to complete course

From: $25.00 / week for 26 weeks

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    Why study this Park Management A (Introduction) course?

    If your dream is to work outdoors with nature or animals; this online Park Management A (Introduction) course is best for you.

    Interested in working in nature with animals? Want to learn how to properly manage various types of nature parks? Then this online introductory park management course may just be perfect for you! This course will teach you how soils are managed in nature parks, how to design a nature park, how to control pests and diseases in nature parks, how nature parks are maintained, and more.

    Get the skills you need in order to make right decisions, big and small.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is appropriate for anyone working with or want to work with, national parks, wilderness parks or wildlife parks. Park Management I provides you with practical skills and knowledge to manage the challenges experienced in a rewarding position that is more of a lifestyle than a job.

    Students who study Park management A should continue on to Park management B and should also consider ‘value adding’ to their skills by undertaking further courses such as adventure tourism, eco tour management or tour guiding or wildlife management or zoo keeping.

    Course Aims:

    • Explain the importance of the interrelationships between various components of a natural environment within an ecosystem.
    • Develop management strategies for soils within a natural ecosystem.
    • Develop management strategies for plant maintenance practices, in nature parks.
    • Design a nature park, or a section within a nature park.
    • Develop management strategies for the control of weed problems in a nature park.
    • Develop management strategies for the rehabilitation of degraded sites in a nature park.

     

    Lesson Structure

    1. Introduction to Nature Parks
    • Role of nature parks
    • National parks
    • Zoos and wildlife parks
    • Reserves
    • Role of community groups in nature parks
    • Using indigenous plants
    • Benefits of indigenous remnant vegetation
    • Naturalised plants
    • Plant identification: plant reviews
    2. Basic Ecology
    • Ecology and its application
    • Constituents of an ecosystem: biotic and abiotic
    • Ecosystem function
    • Heterotrophic vs, autotrophic
    • Ecological concepts
    • Ecology relationships
    • Climatic zones
    • Climate: soil: vegetation interrelationships
    • Plant association
    • Living things
    • Classification of animals
    • Plant classification
    • Using keys
    • Botanical families for different genera: a framework for identifying plants
    3. Soil Management in Nature Parks
    • Soil Management Overview
    • Earthworks in nature parks
    • Soil degradation
    • Erosion
    • Causes, types and control of erosion
    • Salinity
    • Sources of salinity
    • Control methods for soil salinity
    • Soil acidification, and causes
    • Compaction of soil
    • Chemical residues
    • Soil and plant growth
    • Naming the soil
    • Improving soils
    • Sampling soils
    • Nutrient availability and pH
    • Fertilizers and nutrient components
    • Terminology
    4. Plant Maintenance
    • Plant maintenance in nature parks
    • Plant selection
    • Economics of planting
    • Ongoing costs
    • Longevity
    • Aesthetic criteria for plant selection
    • Natural gardening techniques
    • Using hardy, pest free plants
    • Planting for a succession
    • Equipment: a more sustainable and natural approach
    • Avoiding problem materials
    • Disposing of waste
    • Composting
    • Planting procedure
    • Staking plants
    • When to plant
    • Machinery for park maintenance: overview
    5. Design of Nature Parks I
    • Nature park design
    • Landscaping procedure
    • Pre planning information
    • Landscape plans
    • Design procedure
    6. Design of Nature Parks II
    • Designing animal enclosures
    • Cages and pens
    • Open range enclosures
    • Designing and siting animal enclosures
    • Specifications and contracts
    7. Weed Management in Nature Parks
    • Characteristics of weeds
    • Weed control options
    • Chemical control
    • Biological control
    • Non chemical control
    • Plants which take over
    • Environmental weeds
    8. Pest and Disease Management
    • Pest and disease control: chemical and non chemical
    • Using chemicals safely
    • Understanding plant pathology
    • How to inspect plants for suspected problems
    • Insect biology and classification
    • Laws related to chemical use
    • Types of poisons
    • Understanding toxicity
    • Review of main types of plant pests
    • Review of common fungal problems affecting plants
    9. Culture of Indigenous Plants
    • Growing indigenous plants in nature park
    • Plant establishment: direct planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration
    • Planting design
    • Planting techniques: pocket planting, slope serration, wattling, planting arid sites, direct seeding, spray seeding
    10. Tree Management in Nature Parks
    • The role of trees
    • Tree maintenance plan
    • Arboriculture (overview)
    • Safety for tree surgery
    • Tree surgery techniques
    11. Turf Care in Nature Parks
    • Introduction
    • Choosing turf grasses
    • Feature lawns
    • Picnic areas
    • Areas for sport, gardens, parks
    • Establishing a new lawn
    • Review of turf varieties
    • Turf maintenance procedures
    • Topdressing
    12. Rehabilitation Problems and Solutions
    • Land rehabilitation in nature parks
    • Site plan information needed
    • Site management plan
    • Soil problems on degraded sites
    • Dry areas, overcoming dry soils, managing sandy soils
    • What causes wet areas
    • Overcoming problems with wet areas
    • Factors affecting rehabilitation: debris, mass plantings, water, topsoil, exotic organisms

    Send me free info pack

      Enrol Now

      • Experienced Tutor support
      • Certificate sent to you
      • Online study (Printed notes available)
      • Self paced - no set timetable
      • 12 months to complete course

      From: $25.00 / week for 26 weeks

      Clear

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