Natural History and Interpretation Emphasis

Emphasis Requirements (Under: Look at Your Course List)

Graduate Profile

Work in community, state and national parks and forests, regional and community nature centers, museums, environmental learning centers, county, state, tribal and national natural resource agencies, zoos, wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers, regional and national visitor centers, and living history sites.

Teach and Facilitate traditional outdoor skills, natural and cultural history instruction and interpretation, environmental education, phenology and place-based activities, outdoor recreation activities, leading nature walks, group formation, group and individual journal skills.

Adapt teaching strategies, outdoor classroom spaces, and outdoor programs to serve the specific needs of the students, and design recreational activities to be inclusive of mixed ability groups

Work with schools, youth and community groups, scouts and a wide variety of citizens of all abilities and ages.

Earn salaries comparable to teachers and non-formal educators, plus work with enthusiastic participants in a wide variety of inspirational settings.

Share inspirational natural and cultural history stories with a wide variety of audiences, help land and water resource managers shape educational messages, prepare participants for meaningful activities in the out-of-doors and prepare citizens to become aware, knowledgeable and skilled members of society, willing to defend, improve and sustain the quality of the natural world for both present and future generations.

Additional Options

Consider an academic minor, an internship, or a well-chosen set of electives to enhance your career options

Career and graduate school options for Natural History majors are enhanced when you add course work in a complementary field of study such as Natural Resources, Earth Science, Biology, Business, Environmental Education, or a well-chosen set of electives within the outdoor education program. Talk with your advisor about complementary ways to enhance the strength of your degree.

Go to Graduate School in natural history, natural science, environmental education, teacher education, outdoor education or recreation, biology, adventure education and leadership, natural resources, sustainability and interpretation.

Career Ideas

Become an outdoor educator skilled in natural history interpretation and instruction, a wilderness educator, wild lands ranger or interpreter, a recreation program coordinator, a teacher in a museum, nature center, or environmental learning center.

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Northland College Outdoor Education Web Resources
Job hunting resources, employment opportunities, internship opportunities, graduates in the workforce

General Outdoor Education Web Resources Jobs, articles, list serves, important professional information Association for Experiential Education web site Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario web site

Natural History Web Resources Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Natural History Magazine Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom with library services Orion, the Magazine of culture, Creativity and Change Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario The Sigurd Olson Web Site

Environmental Education Web Resources Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education National Center for Environmental Education and Training North American Association for Environmental Education Environmental Education and Training Partnership EE from the National Wildlife Federation Australia’s Education for a Sustainable Future program

Graduate Studies Access to many Outdoor Education graduate programs in the US Archivists, Curators and Museum Technicians Historic Preservation and Museum Studies