The Online Course serves as your first training course to become an Oregon Master Naturalist.
This course is delivered entirely online using Oregon State University's online learning system called Canvas. A new topic (see below) is covered each week. For each topic, there is a main interactive reading containing images, figures and video, a written assignment with class discussion (via a discussion board), and a quiz. One new topic is released each week, for a total of 8 weeks. Four additional weeks are available for those who need extra time. Successfully completing the course requires passing a 25-question multiple choice, true-false final exam.
How ecoregions frame the Oregon Master Naturalist Program and help organize Oregon’s natural diversity.
Oregon Geology and Earth Processes
The geological processes of Oregon (e.g., 400 million year history of plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes and tsunamis, Pleistocene floods). And the atmospheric, hydrological, and biological connections to geology.
Introduction to Watersheds in Oregon
Basic physical, biological, and chemical processes, and watershed management issues.
Principles of Ecology and Wildlife Management
Foundational ecological concepts related to wildlife and plant communities. And wildlife management history and science.
Ecology and Management in Oregon’s Forests
Forest community types, biological & successional processes, forest wildlife, sustainable management strategies, and contemporary conservation issues.
Ecology and Management in Oregon’s Rangelands
High desert sagebrush, shrub-steppe and bunchgrass ecology, dryland plant and wildlife adaptations, rangeland management concepts.