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A park manager is a professional who oversees the operations of a regional or local park, a public recreational area, a wildlife preserve, or a similar facility. He or she is generally responsible for the day-to-day activities of the park, as well as for its long-term functions.

Suitable for anyone already working with or wishing to work with, national parks, wilderness parks or wildlife parks. Park Management I provides you with practical skills and knowledge to manage the challanges encountered in a rewarding position that is more of a lifestyle than a job.

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If your dream is to work outdoors with nature or animals, this course is right for you. Get the skills you need to make correct decisions, big and small.

Students who study Park management A should continue on to Park management B and should also consider 'value adding' to their skills by undertaking further courses such as adventure tourism, ecotour management or tour guiding or wildlife management or zookeeping



There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Nature Park Management
    - Role of Nature Parks
    - National Parks
    - Zoos and Wildlife Parks
    - Reserves
    - Role Community Groups in Nature Parks
    - Using Indigenous Plants
    - Benefits of Indigenous Remnant Vegetation
    - Naturalized Plants
    - Plant Identification: Plant Reviews
  2. Basic Ecology
    - Ecology and its Application
    -  Constituents of an Ecosystem: Biotic and Abiotic
    - Ecosystem Function
    - Heterotrophic vs Autotrophic
    - Ecological Concepts
    - Ecological relationships
    - Climatic Zones
    - Climate Soil: Vegetation Interrelationships
    - Plant Association
    - Living Things
    - Classification of Animals
    - Using Keys
    - Botanical Families for different genera
  3. Soil Management 
    - Overview
    - Earthwork in Nature Parks
    - Soil degradation
    - Erosion: Causes, Types, and Control
    - Salinity: Sources and Control Methods
    - Soil Acidification and Causes
    - Compaction of Soil
    - Chemical Residues
    - Soil: Naming, Improving, and Sampling
    - Nutrient Availability and pH
    - Fertilizers and Nutrient Components
    - Terminology
  4. Plant Maintenance 
    - Plant Selection
    - Economics of Planting
    - Ongoing Costs
    - Longetivity
    - Aesthetic Criteria for Plant Selection
    - Natural Gardening Techniques
    - Using Handy, Pest-free Plants
    - Equipment
    - Avoiding Problem Materials
    - Waste disposal
    - Composting
    - Planting Procedure
    - Staking Plants
    - When to Plant
    - Machinery for Park Maintenance
  5. Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks I
    - Nature Park Design
    - Landscaping Procedure
    - Pre-planning information
    - Landscape Plans
    - Design Procedure
  6. Design of Nature/Wilderness Parks II
    - Designing Animal Enclosures
    - Cages and Pens
    - Open range enclosures
    - Designing and Siting animal Enclosures
    - Specifications and Contracts
  7. Weed Management 
    - Characteristics of Weeds
    - Weed Control Options
    - Chemical Control
    - Biological Control
    - Non-chemical Control
    - Plants which take over
    - Environmental Weeds
  8. Pest and Disease Management 
    - Pest and Disease Control
    - Safe use of chemicals
    - How to inspect plants for suspected Problems
    - Laws related to Chemical Use
    - Types of Poisons
    - Understanding Toxicity
    - Review of Main Types of Plant Pests
    - Review of Common Fungal Problems affecting Plants
  9. Culture of Indigenous Plants 
    - Growing indigenous plants in Nature Park
    - Plant Establishment: Direct planting, seeding, natural regeneration
    - Planting design
    - Planting techniques: Pocket Planting, Slope Serration, Wattling, Planting Arid Sites, Direct Seeding, Spray Seeding 
  10. Tree Management 
    - Role of Trees
    - Tree Maintenance Plant
    - Arboriculture
    - Safety for Tree Surgery
    - Tree Surgery Techniques
  11. Turf Care 
    - Choosing Turf Grasses
    - Feature Lawns
    - Picnic Areas
    - Areas for Sports, Gardens, Parks
    - Establishing a New Lawn
    - Review of Turf Varieties
    - Turf Maintenance Procedures
    - Topdressing
  12. Rehabilitation
    - Land rehabilitation in Nature Parks
    - Site Plan Information
    - Site Management Plan
    - Dry Areas, Overcoming dry soils, Managing Sandy Soils
    - Wet Areas: Causes, Overcoming Problems
     - Factors Affecting Rehabilitation (e.g. debris, mass plantings, exotic organisms)
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain the importance of the interrelationships between various components of a natural environment within an ecosystem.
  • Develop management strategies for soils within a natural ecosystem.
  • Develop management strategies for plant maintenance practices, in nature parks.
  • Design a nature park, or a section within a nature park.
  • Develop management strategies for the control of weed problems in a nature park.
  • Develop management strategies for the rehabilitation of degraded sites in a nature park.
Enrolment Information
Philippine: P13,500.00 PHP
Course Code: BEN120
Duration: 100 hours
Qualification: Certificate
Exam: Optional
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