Credits: 4      Instructor: Dave Stemper

Sharpen your communication skills…

Energize your presentations, displays, and exhibits

In Environmental Interpretation, studentsdiscover how to craft messages specially tailored to engage informal audiences. This includes not only those visiting parks, forests, wildlife refuges, zoos, and nature centers, but also those accessing information online or via social media.  

Offered through OSU Extended Campus, Environmental Interpretation reveals the value of interpretation as a communication strategy. Students receive training in communication techniques applicable to a range of disciplines, including natural resource management, cultural & historical resource management, digital media design, and journalism.

Students learn how to craft concise, effective messages for the general public. They participate in real-world interpretive projects available through agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and Oregon State Parks, and connect to internship and employment opportunities available through these and other agencies.

Environmental Interpretation adds value to your transcript, and satisfies core requirements and specialty options within OSU’s Natural Resources (NR) and new Tourism, Recreation and Adventure Leadership (TRAL) degree programs.

In addition, students are made aware of additional training and certification opportunities available through the National Association for Interpretation (NAI).

If you’ve envisioned yourself working as a park ranger, nature center director, digital media designer, exhibit designer, or if you simply want to improve your public communication skills, then this is the course for you.  

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Credits: 4      Instructor: Dave Stemper

Discover how to use your local natural area as a teaching tool!

Forest as Classroom (FES 430/530) is an online course designed for students interested in teaching others about natural resources, while learning a bit about those resources along the way.

Forest as classroom uses exploration of outdoor landscapes as a means of teaching others about science, ecology, mathematics, social science, and history. Through examination of forest ecology, forest succession, and broader natural resource management issues, students not only learn about natural resources, they discover some interdisciplinary methods used to teach about science, math, and other fields. 

Forest as Classroom meets various requirements and options within the Natural Resources Degree Program, and can serve as an elective within the Education Double Degree and Education Minor programs.

In addition, Forest as Classroom can be used as an elective within the following degree programs: Master of Natural Resources (MNR, online), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T. online), Master of Education (Ed.M., online), and Master of Science in Science Education (M.S., on campus).  Please speak with your advisor if interested in pursuing any of these options. 

Whether a student sees themselves as a classroom teacher, interpreter, or scientist, Forest as Classroom provides an opportunity to improve teaching and communication skills. 

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Credits: 3      Instructor: Dave Stemper

Explore a range of natural resource issues, and gain insight into natural resource management careers…

Managing Natural Resources for the Future is designed for students interested in learning about how natural resources are managed in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Students gain exposure to key natural resource issues, and how natural resource specialists come together to work on them. For instance, among the issues we’ll explore is hydraulic fracturing of shale (fracking) and Pacific Northwest dam decommissioning. It’s truly a dynamic course, and we investigate a broad range of natural resource issues.

In addition, students will discover some methods utilized to help ensure that our bounty of natural resources remain available for future generations to utilize and enjoy.

In the process of examining contemporary natural resource issues, NR 201 will cause you to re-examine opinions and values you hold regarding natural resources and their management.

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Available Fall 2020 Courses

MNR 519: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Natural Resource Management
3 credits, Ecampus (online) Instructor: Eric T. Jones
CRN: 20064 
In a time when understanding and celebrating diversity and inclusion is more important than ever, this class explores practical approaches to operationalizing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) principles in natural resource management organizational settings. Examines case studies on topics such as accessibility to recreational places, implicit bias and cultural competency in public communications, and how enhancing workplace diversity increases social capital. Introduces DEI analysis through a research project in their local area. No prerequisites. This class serves as a Human Dimensions: Ethics class in the MNR degree core, but is open to graduate-level students in all majors.

FOR 599 – 3-PG Forest Growth Model
Credits: 2             Instructor: Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke

This two credit course will focus on the foundations and practical use of the process-based model 3-PG.  The 3-PG model was developed to bridge the gap between conventional, mensuration-based growth and yield, and process-based carbon balance models. The output variables are of interest and relevance to researchers and forest managers. Output includes leaf area index, stand transpiration, stem biomass and volume, quadratic mean diameter and basal area at any time. The 3-PG model can be used to evaluate site potential and analyze the effects of varying growing conditions or management actions such as thinning or fertilization.

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