The Eppley Institute continues to expand its online training portfolio by launching 4 new certificate programs in January and February 2020. The new programs are:
Fundamentals of Park Safety: This certificate program for front line park staff and supervisors will give learners the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to potentially dangerous situations. Focusing on the human elements of safety, the program covers foundational safety concepts, communications skills relating to safety, recognition of potential unsafe situations, and proper response and de-escalation of hostile situations.
Green Park Operations: The goal of this certificate program is to ensure that parks and public lands managers have the knowledge and skillsets needed to operate and maintain green facilities, parks, public lands, and programs; understand the urgency of incorporating green park infrastructure into their park system design; and know how to operate and maintains these systems for long-term success. Course topics include energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable materials and substances, and waste management as it relates to park operations.
Managing Close-to-Home Wildlands: The Wildlands and Natural Areas Certificate uses the concept of wilderness character, taken from the federal Wilderness Act, as a guiding framework for planning and managing wild spaces in state, municipal, and private agencies. The concept of wilderness is explored and applied to a variety of protected areas, including nature preserves, open space, wildland parks, and more.
Human Health and Natural Environments: This program offers park and recreation professionals an opportunity to explore the roles that their profession can have in making connections between the natural world and human health, This certificate introduces learners to the scientific concepts that positively or negatively impact human health, and relates these concepts directly to parks and recreation programming.