This eight-week non-credit class, offered "live" online
Tuesday evenings, will provide successful students with certification credentials to lead their own Ecotours. The class will focus on the aspects of ecotourism, including, ecosystem science, customer service, business marketing, interpretation skills, culture, and natural history. A spring field trip will also be mandatory. 3.0 CEU's!
Guest speaker presentations will be incorporated into the course & active discussion is encouraged and required. Interpretive materials and resources for the course will be provided. In order to qualify for ecotourism certification, certification in CPR & First Aid Certification is required and can be obtained at the student's convenience.
You may email the instructors for more details.
Additional information can be found on the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission Facebook Event Page for the Course and on the relevant Virginia Coastal Zone Management pages on the VDEQ web site (links below).
Link to video about the course on Youtube: http://youtu.be/JPn_hK1Ci1c
In 1992 an initial ecotourism course was developed by the VDCR Natural Heritage Program. In 2003 VIMS completed the curriculum and offered the course for the first time. In 2005, VIMS conducted the first Eastern Shore Eco-Tour Instructors Training Course. In 2014, the course was expanded to include all of coastal Virginia and made available in an online format and offered in this way again in 2016. That format is being improved upon again for the 2018 offering, which strives to be the best yet! Online streaming service TBD; Course materials and interactive platform will be offered via GooglePages/GoogleSheets/GoogleDrive; Blackboard will not
be used for the 2018 offering.
The course instructors will be:
Bill Dyas, a NAI certified interpreter and Ranger Interpreter for DCR with Kiptopeke State Park
Shannon Alexander, Managing Owner of Bay Country Kayaking and Coastal Resources Program Manager for the A-NPDC