A park is any area designed for recreational use. Many public and private parks and facilities exist for many leisure activities and other uses. There are many ways these parks must be maintained, including trash pickup, landscaping, fixing broken playground equipment and keeping trails in usable shape.
Park managers generally see to it that their facilities are properly maintained. This can include supervising both outdoor and indoor areas. Outdoor areas might include campgrounds, bodies of water for boating and other recreation, and any other natural attractions that are visited by the public.
Park Management B focuses more on managing the different aspects of parks such as visitor supervision and monitoring, trail management, risk management and safety issues and the marketing of commercial operations.
This is builds on the knowledge in park management A. Other courses that would be useful in this career pathway would be Conservation and Enviromental management, ecotour management, wildlife management, zookeeping and animal behaviour.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Natural Environments
- Preserving natural environments
- Plant associations
- 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
- 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
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 role of nature parks in preserving natural environments.
- Explain the role of nature parks as a recreation resource.
- Explain the issues of managing wildlife in nature parks.
- Explain the design of visitor amenities in nature parks and their impact on the environment.
- Explain the role interpretative facilities in nature parks.
- Explain the design and construction of trails within nature parks.
- Explain the importance and management of natural water areas in nature parks.
- Explain the importance of effective marketing in promoting nature parks.
- Explain safety issues and hazard management in nature parks.
- Explain the use of risk management plans in nature parks.