Natural Areas Management

Career Certificate

A career saving the planet

Bring your passion for the outdoors to a career that improves the local environment and helps save the planet. Learn your craft in a woody plant collection that spans over five acres and two large greenhouses. Few colleges in the region have anything like it.

A Natural Areas Management Certificate takes 12 months to complete. Gain the skills local employers use in natural areas management:

  • plant identification and monitoring
  • landscape assessment
  • land management practices, such as invasive species control and prescribed burning

What can you do with a Natural Areas Management Certificate in Horticulture?

Practice land restoration using the scientific principles of restoration ecology and conservation biology. Your employer may be an organization such as the Lake County Forest Preserves District or the state park system.

You will work with the following types of regional ecosystems:

  • prairie
  • savanna
  • woodland
  • wetland

Jobs you might have:

  • natural areas management technician
  • natural areas management supervisor
  • park ranger


  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    BIO 120 3
    HRT 125 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BIO 120
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 125
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    BIO 126 2
    HRT 162 3
    HRT 225 3
    • Course Code BIO 126
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 162
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 225
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HRT 286 3
    • Course Code HRT 286
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Horticulture at CLC

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A natural areas management certificate is just one possible way to study horticulture. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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