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Environmental Education & Interpretation Certificate

Share your passion for the natural world with others and inspire environmental stewardship. The Environmental Education & Interpretation certificate prepares you to facilitate meaningful and inclusive experiences that deepen the publics’ understanding of and connection to the environment, history and culture in the world around us. Learn how to distill scientific information into relevant and engaging educational programs and products- from ranger talks to environmental education curriculum to digital media- that inspire wonder and foster conservation.

Gain the communication, design, and digital skills needed for careers as an interpretive park ranger, environmental educator, naturalist, zoo/museum/aquarium/botanical garden educator, visitor services specialist, nature/science center program coordinator, social media manager, or interpretive exhibit designer.  This certificate program can be completed in one academic year.

What you’ll learn

Learn the basics, including theories, processes, goals of environmental education and interpretation, evolution of disciplines, and curriculum design. As you advance through the program, you’ll gain hands-on experience delivering interpretive programs, developing environmental education curriculum, facilitating educational events, building digital media products, designing interpretive materials, and producing real-world products for outside agencies.

Program highlights

The  Environmental Education & Interpretation Certificate program meets the requirements of the Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation. Embedded in the program is the opportunity to earn additional professional certifications in a variety of environmental education curricula that are widely recognized and respected  in the field.