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Wildlife and Forestry Conservation Curriculum Details

This strong introductory program offers a curriculum to help you apply your knowledge in a real-world setting, whether working for a government agency, animal conservation group, forestry management service, or other organization.

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Wildlife/Forestry Conservation Career Diploma program prepares students for an entry-level position in the field of wildlife and forestry conservation.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Understand how to gather data on water and soil quality, disease, insect damage to trees and other plants, and conditions that may pose a fire hazard
  • Recognize how to locate property lines and evaluate forested areas to determine the species, quality, and amount of standing timber
  • Characterize the habits and behaviors of wildlife
  • Identify how to maintain trails, campsites, and other recreational facilities
  • Understand how to patrol forest areas and enforce environmental protection regulations
  • Recognize how to communicate with foresters, scientists, and sometimes the public about ongoing forestry and conservation activities
  • Recognize how to suppress forest fires with fire control activities
  • Understand how to train other forestry workers and coordinate detection programs

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  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Conservation: People, Animals, and Habitats


  • Identify employment opportunities in wildlife conservation and forestry.
  • Understand the basic organization and functions of government agencies.
  • Learn how to start you own conservation-related business.

Wildlife Management: Upland Game Birds


  • Identify the most common varieties of upland game birds.
  • Trap and transplant wild birds.
  • Manage suitable habitats for individual species.
  • Stock captive-bred birds.
Wildlife Management: Waterfowl


  • Describe the life cycles and habitat requirements for waterfowl species.
  • Analyze the surveys and data that wildlife managers use.
  • Outline the annual process for establishing waterfowl hunting regulations.
  • Learn practical techniques, such as how to capture waterfowl and improve nesting success.
Additional Unit Material

Reference: Neotropical Bird Migration

Wildlife Management: Small Mammals, Part 1


  • Learn about population and habitat management.
  • Understand ecological principles related to various species that live in North America.
  • Describe ecotourism.
  • Describe pest damage control.
Wildlife Management: Small Mammals, Part 2


  • Learn about the major small-animal species of North America.
  • Continue to learn about wildlife management.
  • Receive tips to improve observation and tracking skills.

Wildlife Management: Large Mammals, Part 1


  • Describe principles of big-game management and population dynamics.
  • Identify the different types of wildlife lands.
  • Understand how to select the most appropriate marking or tagging technique to achieve specific research objectives.
Wildlife Management: Large Mammals, Part 2


  • Understand how to manage each of the big-game mammals and their environments.
  • Compare the two orders which contain all big-game animals—Carnivora and Artiodactyla.
  • Compare life spans and mating ages between species.
Wildlife Management: Predators


  • Understand the need for and application of predation management for wildlife and livestock.
  • Analyze the methods and techniques to control or reduce predators.
Park Management


  • Understand why parks were created and the purposes they serve.
  • Describe the entire system of parks within the United States, including federal, state, and local parks.
  • Identify park organizations.
  • Outline the roles and functions of the various park-related professions and trades.
Additional Unit Material

Reference: National Audubon Society Pocket Guide to Familiar North American Mammals

Rangelands Management


  • Describe the physical characteristics of rangelands.
  • Identify types of grazing systems.
  • Understand how mulch tillage, crop rotation, and terracing techniques are used to manage rangelands.
  • Measure vegetation to determine the health of a rangeland and calculate proper stocking rates.
Forest Management, Part 1


  • Understand the basics of forestry.
  • Describe how forests are inventoried.
  • Use forest inventory information to make resource management decisions.
  • Analyze and deter natural and man-made threats to forests.
  • Understand the components of a forest management plan.
Forest Management, Part 2


  • Choose an appropriate logging system for a given set of objectives and environmental conditions.
  • Identify and combat forest damage caused by insects and diseases.
  • Understand the basic principles of fire control.
  • Design a simple forest management plan.
Forest Protection


  • Examine and measure forest health.
  • Minimize the detrimental effects of insects, wildlife, disease, and fire.
  • Understand the circumstances where a fire can be beneficial to forest health.
  • Outline how to suppress a fire when it threatens forest health.
Additional Unit Material

Reference: Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America

Cold-Water Game Fish Management


  • Identify and examine common cold-water game fish.
  • Analyze the principal environmental factors that cause the degradation of cold-water fish populations and their habitats.
  • Determine the suitability of stream, lake, or pond habitats for cold-water fish.
  • Use fish management tools to fix cold-water fishery problems.
Warm-Water Game Fish Management


  • Identify and examine common warm-water game fish species.
  • Describe management techniques and objectives for warm-water fisheries.
  • Monitor and study fish populations using techniques such as tagging.
  • Identify career opportunities in fish management.


  • Compare practices for rearing fish in cold-water and warm-water environments.
  • Describe basic aquaculture and hatchery requirements.
  • Understand the operation and maintenance of hatcheries.
  • Practice fish health management and safely deliver a healthy product to consumers.

International Conservation Issues


  • Understand the importance of sustainable development for international conservation.
  • Identify several major international conservation groups and their goals.
  • Describe how geography, climate, natural resources, and population density and distribution affect conservation issues in select countries.
Safety in the Field


  • Plan and organize an outdoor fieldwork trip.
  • Choose appropriate gear for your trip.
  • Receive tips on how to handle outdoor emergencies and bear or mountain lion attacks.
  • Administer basic first-aid care.
Wildlife Law Enforcement


  • Describe the role of wildlife enforcement.
  • Analyze state and federal wildlife laws.
  • Understand the rights of private citizens.
  • Identify types of violations and evidence as well as proper search and arrest and testimony procedures.
Additional Unit Material

Textbook: Wildlife Law Enforcement

Additional Details

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Penn Foster College is not approved or regulated as a school by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Penn Foster College Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster College has been nationally accredited for over 40 years, and has met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. Penn Foster College has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations and licensing. We also participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.


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Sample Forestry and Wildlife Management Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Wildlife and Forestry Conservation course would look like.
Sample Forestry and Wildlife Management Lesson
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As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
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