Natural Resource Management

Natural resource management addresses how people and natural landscapes interact. In this field, you can specialize in:

  • Forestry
  • Fisheries
  • Water resources
  • Grazing and rangeland management
  • Wildlife biology
  • Outdoor recreation

Through internships, tailored programs, and hands-on experiences, you will learn about land management, water, soils, plants, wildlife, conservation, and restoration.

An interdisciplinary approach develops scientific and technical understanding of resources and the ecology of those resources. Evergreen's unique location in the heart of the Pacific Northwest and in the Capitol city of Olympia provide a multitude of opportunities to work with:

  • National parks
  • National forests
  • Refuges
  • Forest management companies
  • Conservation groups
  • Marine life management, and state and local government.

In addition, Evergreen's 1,000-acre forest reserve, five free-flowing streams, open shoreline, organic farm, shellfish club, and extended field trip opportunities provide opportunities to practice in the development and implementation of management plans.

Opportunities for internships with local, private, state, and federal agencies provide direct experiences working with people doing natural resource management activities close to the college. Find careers all over the world in natural resource management based on your real-world experiences and opportunities.

Join fellow students in learning to understand and work with the natural resources and ecosystems that sustain us!

Related Paths

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Bowcutt, Frederica botany, ecology, environmental history
Cook, Amy ecology, vertebrate biology
Fischer, Dylan forest and plant ecology
LeRoy, Carri freshwater ecology, quantitative biology, environmental education
Scheuerell, Steven ecology, botany, plant pathology
Styring, Alison ornithology
Womeldorff, Thomas (Tom) economics

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Freshwater Ecology and Hydrology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Introduction to Environmental Studies: River Resources
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
Restoring Landscapes: Picturing Plants
  • Junior
  • Senior
Undergraduate Research with A. Styring
  • Junior
  • Senior