These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Park Management Certificate
Nature Park I
- Introduction to Nature Park Management
- the role and scope of nature parks; the importance of indigenous vegetation in nature parks.
- Basic Ecology
- the environment, plants and animals; ecosystem concepts.
- Soil Management in Nature Parks
- soil characteristics and problems; earthworks.
- Plant Maintenance
- basic gardening techniques; natural gardening; plant selection; succession planting; equipment.
- Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks I
- collecting site information; preparing concept plans.
- Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks II
- drawing the final plan; construction estimates; designing animal enclosures.
- Weed Management
- characteristics of weeds; weed control; environmental weeds.
- Pest and Disease Management
- management strategies; chemical safety.
- Culture of Indigenous Plants
- techniques for establishing vegetation; planting design.
- Tree Management
- role of trees in nature parks; tree maintenance plans; pruning and tree surgery.
- Turf Care
- turf varieties in nature parks; lawn preparation, establishment and maintenance.
- Rehabilitation: Problems and Solutions
- aims and strategies; soil problems and solutions in degraded sites.
Nature Park II
- Natural Environments
- preserving natural environments; plant associations and environment rehabilitation
- Recreation and the Environment
- impact of recreation on natural environments
- Wildlife Management in Nature Parks
- impact of park visitors on wildlife; managing wildlife
- Visitor Amenities in Nature Parks
- design; provision of visitor amenities including picnic areas and campgrounds; management of facilities
- Park Interpretation
- interpretative facilities including signs and education programs
- Trail Design and Construction
- designing access routes in parks; designing and constructing walking tracks
- Water Areas
- conserving and managing natural water bodies in nature park; impact of humans on water areas
- Marketing Nature Parks
- strategies used to promote nature parks
- Risk Management I
- identifying, minimising and managing natural hazards; safety issues
- Risk Management II
- preparing a risk management plan.