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 to 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.

Natural Resources Activities

As a Natural Resources Management student you will have many opportunities to experience a variety of natural resources activities throughout the year, both on and off campus.

August Wyoming Wilderness Trip
Boundary Waters Wilderness Trip
September Canoe Trip and Campout for Outdoor Rec
Natural Resources Club Service Project: Assist with Black Hawk County Conservation Board Electronic Waste Recycling
Stihl Chain Saw Safety Clinic
October Natural Resources Club Service Project: Assist with Black Hawk County Conservation Board Panic Park
November Natural Resources Club Potluck
National River Museum and Aquarium trip
December Chronic Wasting Disease testing with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at Sweet Marsh
Natural Resources Club Potluck and White Elephant Gift Exchange
January Iowa County Conservation Board Conference: Winterfest Collegiate Day
Iowa Women in Natural Resources Annual Conference
February Necropsy of bobcats and river otters with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Winter Campout: Winter Camping, Snowshoeing, Jerky Making, Paracord Bracelets
Ice Fishing
March Deer Classic
Omaha Zoo Trip and Sandhill Crane Migration Viewing
April Trumpeter Swan Banding and Relocation
Leave No Trace certification
Jug Fishing
Mushroom Hunting


The Natural Resources Management program at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association, Hawkeye is the only college in Iowa to be accredited through the North American Wildlife Technology Association.

North American Wildlife Technology Association accreditation provides assurance of the context and quality of the education offered. The Natural Resource Management program is reviewed every five years to maintain our accreditation status, to ensure curriculum standards are met; and to recognize specific knowledge, skill sets, and aptitudes.

The North American Wildlife Technology Association also provides an opportunity for exchanging ideas and educational materials in addition to providing opportunities for faculty professional development. For example, each June Hawkeye faculty travel to the professional development conference to learn about wildlife management techniques.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 131
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Program Advisor

Terri Rogers
Bremer Hall 111F
319-296-2329 ext.1311
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Dave Grunklee
Butler Hall 131A
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