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Nature Park Management I
Nature Park Management I 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Nature Park Management I
Nature Park Management I course online. Home Study - Distance Learning. Become skilled at managing nature parks! This course has been specifically designed for people working or wishing to work in nature parks and reserves, in managerial or technical positions. Learn about natural environments, and the management of zoos, wildlife parks, nature reserves. Build an understanding of the natural environment and basic ecological principles, and learn a wide range of skills ranging from basic gardening and nature park design, to erosion control, weed control and tree surgery.
Follow this course up with Nature Park Management ll, to build upon what you will learn in this course. Afterwards, why not consider our Diploma in Wildlife Management, Diploma in Horticulture (Nature Park Management), or Higher Advanced Diploma in Environmental Management?
This course will benefit you, if you are working in, or aspiring to work in:
- Land management
- Parks & gardens
- Wildlife Management
Course duration: 100 hours approx. - Work at your own pace with no deadlines
Qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Nature Park Management l
Lesson Structure: Nature Park Management I BEN120
There are 12 lessons:
1 Introduction to Nature Park Management
- the role and scope of nature parks
- the importance of indigenous vegetation in nature parks.
2 Basic Ecology
- the environment, plants and animals
- ecosystem concepts.
3 Soil Management in Nature Parks
- soil characteristics and problems
4 Plant Maintenance - basic gardening techniques
- natural gardening
- plant selection
- succession planting
5 Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks I
- collecting site information; preparing concept plans.
6 Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks II
- drawing the final plan; construction estimates; designing animal enclosures.
7 Weed Management
- characteristics of weeds
- weed control
- environmental weeds.
8 Pest and Disease Management
- management strategies
- chemical safety.
9 Culture of Indigenous Plants
- techniques for establishing vegetation
- planting design.
10 Tree Management
- role of trees in nature parks
- tree maintenance plans
- pruning and tree surgery.
11 Turf Care
- turf varieties in nature parks
- lawn preparation
- establishment and maintenance.
12 Rehabilitation: Problems and Solutions
- aims and strategies
- soil problems and solutions in degraded sites.
Learning Goals: Nature Park Management I BEN120
- 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.alt
- 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.
Practical (Set Tasks)
What You Will Do In This Course:
- Differentiate between different categories or types of nature parks.
- Determine thirty living components of a specific ecosystem, studied by you.
- Determine ten non-living components of a specific ecosystem, studied by you.
- Prepare a labelled diagram to illustrate the interrelationships between at least fifteen different components of an ecosystem.
- Explain the possible impact of removing two different specified organisms from a specified ecosystem.
- Explain the potential impact of adding non indigenous organisms, to a specified ecosystem.
- Explain how different soil characteristics can impact upon an ecosystem.
- Describe the physical characteristics of at least three different soils, which are of significant to the stability of their ecosystems.
- Assess aspects of soil dynamics on a site, including:
- Soil life
- Susceptibility to degradation
- Sunlight (canopy penetration)
- Compare the likely implications of using three different types of fertilisers, including:
- Benefit to plants
- Method of use Environmental impact
- Explain the use of different soil conditioners including:
- PH modifiers
- Organic matter
- Determine the plant maintenance requirements of a specific nature park visited and assessed by you.
- Develop guidelines for the care of new plantations in a nature park visited by you.
- Compare the suitability of three different types of grass cutting equipment, for mowing a specific park.
- Compare the likely environmental impact of different types of pesticides used on a specific site.
- Determine the significance to plant populations, of containment of different outpus, on a specified site, including:
- water runoff
- chemical spray drift Effluent Pollutants.
- Prepare a plant collection of sixty plants.
- Determine categories of landscape developments which are carried out in different types of nature parks, including: -Wildlife Reserves -Zoos -Sanctuaries -National Parks -Forest Reserves -Vegetation corridors.
- Evaluate the designs of two different sections, of different nature parks, against given criteria.
- Collect pre-planning information for the development of a site, within a nature park.
- Prepare two concept plans for a nature park development, including:
- existing features
- clear labelling
- north indicator
- Compare features of two nature park concept plans.
- Plan the construction of a landscape development within a nature park, including:
- materials lists (types and quantities of materials)
- plan of proposed landscape development; -list of manpower and equipment requirements
- a work schedule.
- Estimate the cost of construction in accordance with a specified landscape plan.
- Estimate the cost of maintaining a specified section of a park, for a three month period.
- Explain the impact of weeds on two natural environments in the learners locality, using examples.
- Describe two different weed problems, in two different nature parks.
- Explain five different weed seed dispersal mechanisms, for weed species collected.
- alternative control methods for a specified weed problem.
- Select appropriate control methods for ten different specified weed problems.
- Develop guidelines for weed control, in a nature park inspected by you.
- Develop a management plan to reinstate indigenous flora on a specific site.
- Explain the causes of three specified types of site degradation.
- Describe five different techniques for controlling site degradation.
- Describe five different techniques for repairing site degradation.
- Describe degraded sites at two different natural areas, you inspect.
- Prepare construction details for work to be undertaken in the rehabilitation of a degraded site you inspect.
- Develop a management plan for a degraded site, in a natural area you visit.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice