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Environmental educators and interpreters are professionals who teach others about the natural world. The Environmental Education and Interpretation option combines coursework and hands-on learning in natural resources, biology, and specialized communication techniques to develop relevant knowledge and effective communication skills. This option is ideal for students interested in naturalist programs, wildlife education, outdoor education, conservation education, environmental education, interpretation, and visitor services.Hands-on learning experiences give students an advantage when applying for jobs. As part of their coursework, students develop and teach curriculum, deliver programs, create interpretive media, and work in schools and school forests. The senior capstone practicum provides real-world opportunities to practice these skills at a residential environmental education center (Central Wisconsin Environmental Station) and a local nature center (Schmeeckle Reserve).This program is one of a few accredited by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). This program also meets the requirements of the Certified Heritage Interpreter (CHI) through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
Graduates work at a diversity of sites, including parks, wildlife areas, forests, schools, nature preserves, nature centers, environmental residential centers, discovery centers, camps, zoos, aquariums, museums, and historic sites.
unique hands-on experiences and skills gained through the coursework in this program are ideal elements to build a resume that stands out from others. In addition
to gaining experience through coursework, numerous opportunities are available
for relevant internships and jobs during the summers (list
of current jobs and internships).
Student success is our top priority and the College of Natural Resources Academic and Career Advising Center (CNR ACAC) is an excellent resource to help students reach graduation day. Professional advisers and peer mentors are available Monday through Friday to answer questions about classes, advising, scholarships, internships etc. The CNR ACAC also produces a weekly e-newsletter, the CNR Reporter, with information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times and other important happenings on campus.