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Develop your ability to organise and conduct ecotourism services including tours and activities.

Organise and conduct Tours and Activities

  • Start your own Tour Guide Service
  • Find employment with a Tour Business
  • Conduct guided tours, overnight walks and treks
  • Develop self guided interpretive walks

Ecotourism is an industry that has developed hugely in recent years. It reflects both of the aims of modern conservation: management of resources and protection of the environment. Modern ecotourism strives to be sustainable, so that the activities that are taking place can continue to do so. This course will introduce you to aspects of ecotourism such as guiding environmental awareness, planning tours,displays and interpretive aids, plant and animal interpretation

Course Details

If you are doing the course full time you can complete it in 6 weeks, if you are studying part time then it will take 3-6 months on average to complete the course. Your course will expire after 1 year. You can start the course at any time as it is a self-paced online course.

Course Outline

There are 10 lessons in this course:

1.Ecotourism Basics
◦Definition of ecotourism
◦Negative ecotourism
◦Ecotourist profile
◦Administrative concerns

◦2.Interpretive Services in Ecotourism
◦Interpretation as a key element of ecotourism
◦Interpretation techniques
◦Sign design

3.Ecology and Conservation
◦Definition of ecology
◦Ecosystem function
◦The web of life
◦Habitat and niche
◦Humans in the environment

4.Plant and Animal Classification and Identification
◦Classification of organisms
◦Basic taxonomy
◦Using keys for identification
◦Other methods of identification

◦Types of rocks
◦Types of minerals
◦Soil formation
◦Soil classification

6.Interpreting Aquatic Environments
◦Marine environments
◦Freshwater environments

7.Interpreting Land Environments
◦Introduction to interpreting land environments
◦Relevance of interpreting land environments

8.Planning an Ecotour

9.Ecotour Displays
◦Design concepts
◦Zoo design techniques

10.Leading an Ecotour
◦Group preparation
◦Planning the tour
◦Group surveys for feedback

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