Natural Resources Management

Natural Resources Management

The Natural Resources Management program enables students to learn about the physical aspects of managing natural areas as well as the theory behind the procedures. Students develop the necessary skills and certifications for entering careers as natural resources technicians through a combination of classroom instruction, laboratory activities, and an eight-week cooperative work experience.

A trademark of the program is the Advanced Outdoor Recreation Techniques class. Within this class, students travel to the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area or o the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming to gain experience in wilderness ethics, orienteering, canoeing, portaging, camping, and much more.

Transfer Information

Hawkeye Community College's Agriculture and Natural Resources programs have articulation agreements with Iowa State University, and Upper Iowa University to transfer both general education and technical credits. Many other state and private colleges and universities accept up to 65 credit hours. For more information, contact a program advisor.


The Natural Resources Management program hosts many special events, both on and off campus. They include:

  • Wilderness trip to the Bighorn Mountains and visit to Yellowstone in August for second year students.

  • Wilderness trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in September for second year students.

  • Canoe trip and campout for first year students in September.

  • Stihl chain saw safety training and certification in September.

  • Clear Lake fish seining with the Iowa DNR Fisheries in September.

  • Prescribed prairie burns in October.

  • Timber stand improvement projects in October.

  • Attendance at the Iowa County Conservation Board “Winterfest” Conference in January.

  • Necropsy of river otters and bobcats with the Iowa DNR in February.

  • Telemetry “hunt” for the endangered Massasauga Rattlesnake in April.

  • Two day “Leave No Trace” training and certification in April to prepare students for their adventure into the wilderness the following semester.

  • Prescribed prairie burns in April

  • Fish shocking and sampling with the Iowa DNR in April.

  • Trumpeter swan roundup with the Iowa DNR in April.


The Natural Resources Management program at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association,


Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 104
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Program Advisor

Terri Rogers
Bremer Hall 101-G
319-296-2329 ext.1311
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Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
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