COVINGTON TWP — The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC) is accepting applications for their Conservation and Natural Resource Officer (CNRO) Certificate program.

The program is set to begin September 6th, 2017 and ends December 15th, 2017.

During this 15-week accelerated program students will complete five undergraduate level field biology courses at the LCEEC located on 211-acres of diverse habitat in Covington Township.

The curriculum focuses on the conservation and interpretation of our natural environment.

Students will gain hands-on experience in the basic principles of conservation through specific courses designed to develop the student’s knowledge of Northeast United States flora and fauna.

The program includes instruction in subjects such as environmental interpretation, wildlife management, freshwater ecosystems, dendrology, ornithology, and recreational use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources.

Students will experience both classroom and hands-on field training throughout the program.

The CNRO certificate is appropriate for anyone seeking a career as a park ranger or related field.  Students may also take courses individually.

Courses are also transferable into a two or four-year environmental studies program.

Upon graduation, students will receive a CNRO Certificate and transcripts of their undergraduate coursework.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester and financial aid is available.

For more information about the program please contact Sharon Yanik-Craig at (570) 842-1506 or email


The Fall 2017 schedule is as follows:

Sept. 6 to Dec. 15:


9:00am-12:00pm: BIO 160 Field Ornithology (3 credits)

Sept. 25 to Dec. 15:


12:30pm-4:30pm: BIO 150 Wildlife Mgmt. (3 credits)


8:30am-12:30pm: BIO 155 Dendrology & Wildflowers (3 credits)


8:30am-4:30pm: BIO 255 Freshwater Ecosystems (4 credit w/ lab)


8:30am to 12:30pm: CNR 100 Park Mgmt. & Env. Interpretation