UNL aims to provide continuing education courses and programs in sustainability to the community. Such courses train community members in sustainability topics and help build knowledge about the subject. They can also provide the training people need to obtain and perform green jobs. Certificate programs offer professional recognition for sustainability training and are important tools in helping students obtain, perform and advance their position in green jobs.
Climate Masters of Nebraska is an adult education program that educates people about climate change and empowers them to take action to reduce their carbon footprint. Participants go through a free 10-week training course which educates them on acting locally to save money, protect the environment and reduce greenhouse emissions. As part of the course, participants are asked to share the knowledge they have gained by volunteering 30 hours within six months of the start of the course. No science background is needed for the course. The only requirement is that participants are at least 19 years of age by the time the course begins. Learn more about the Climate Masters here.
The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program is an adult conservation and environmental education program that combines indoor presentations and hands-on field experiences to teach conservation volunteers about Nebraska's natural resources. This training provides an introduction to a variety of natural science disciplines, including grassland, woodland, wetland and aquatic ecosystems and puts the participant in charge of their volunteer experience while preparing them to be a certified conservation volunteer. Each topic is taught by a natural resource professional who is an expert in their field. Learn more about Master Naturalists here.
The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture-related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. It has been part of UNL Extension since 1976. Master Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff. They contribute time as volunteers working through their local Extension office to provide horticulture-related information to their community. More specifically, they provide education about sustainable horticultural practices. Participants are required to complete 40 hours of training and 40 hours of volunteer service during the initial year of their involvement in the program. Master Gardener volunteers retain their certification through annual training and volunteering. Learn more about Master Gardeners here.
Backyard Farmer is the longest-running educational program in broadcast history - it began in 1953 on a small station in Lincoln, Nebraska. New episodes delivering non-biased, research-based information about gardening are produced by Nebraska Extension and Nebraska Educational Television. You can find more information on gardening, email a question to the show and stream the live show on Tuesday nights at the Backyard Farmer website.
The Insect Biology for Educators Graduate Certificate is designed to provide continuing education for teachers and other educators in the biological sciences. Students will learn to implement inquiry-based lesson plans for the classrooms or workshops and can complete the certificate on a part-time schedule. Students who complete the program will be awarded a certificate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Learn more about the Insect Biology for Educators Graduate Certificate here.
The Grassland Management graduate certificate is a 12-credit hour program designed for current and future grassland professionals - managers, advisers and conservationists - and others who want to increase their knowledge. The graduate certificate is designed to provide students a knowledge base in pasture and range management; vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization; grassland and wetlands ecology; watershed management; fire ecology; grassland plants, insects and diseases; and basic research and educational programs in grasslands. Learn mores about the Grassland Management Graduate Certificate here.