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Master of Natural Resources

If you would like to earn a master’s degree and gain "real world" experience within 10.5 months, the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is the degree for you.

The Master of Natural Resources degree is tailored for professionals aiming to advance their career in the fields of environmental education and science communication. Over the course of 10.5 months and an alternating class/practicum schedule, this degree covers the theory and practice of place-based education, ecology, science communication and leadership.

In addition to coursework, students will gain a semester’s worth of field teaching experience as part of our award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) K12 program. Over the course of the year, students will apply the principles learned in their education, communication and ecology coursework to lead place-based environmental education field trips for the MOSS school program, while receiving feedback and coaching on their teaching skills.

Your Degree at a Glance

  • 32 credit, non-thesis program
  • Completed in a 10.5 months
  • No GRE required
  • Alternates between a week of classes and teaching practicum:
    • Class weeks consist of a preset schedule of day-long classes led by University of Idaho faculty—often including field trips to local sites and guest speakers—to teach the broad concepts of environmental education and science communication.
    • Practicum weeks are spent in the field as part of the MOSS program, leading K12 students throughout Ponderosa State Park to connect them to the natural world through place- and inquiry-based educational techniques, while receiving feedback on teaching and curriculum development skills.

Prospective graduate students from across all disciplines should apply—we value the diversity of thinking that comes from a variety of backgrounds. Our program is inclusive and thus seek sincere, hardworking, creative applicants who demonstrate a desire to learn and a willingness to facilitate youth programs. Scholarship funding is available to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Graduate Highlight

Leoncia CruzLeoncia Cruz has been living and working in Camden, South Carolina since May of 2019. She works as Clemson University’s Environmental Education Specialist. Her work is to inspire community involvement in Nature centered learning, focused around a tract of land donated to the university by Margaret H. Lloyd. Leoncia is passionate and enthusiastic about engaging people of all ages to get connected with Nature, hiking with her dogs, painting and the arts, and learning about new people and places.

Leoncia does not consider herself a Tiger but rather a Vandal coming from the University of Idaho’s Master of Environmental Education program. Before studying in Idaho Leoncia worked as a science teacher in Thailand, and a Community Environmental Educator in Panama. She hails originally from Pennsylvania, and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Science and Technology. She grew up in a rural town outside of Lancaster, PA where she fell in love with animals and the outdoors.

Meet Our Alumni

Kysha Harris

Environmental Scientist at Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Oxford, Mississippi.

Class of 2014 View Full Profile

Benjamin Blonder

Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Assistant Professor. University of Arizona Sky School, Science Coordinator.

Class of 2008 View Full Profile

Eric Willadsen

Stewardship Coordinator, Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, Boise, Idaho.

Class of 2013 View Full Profile

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
1800 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1025
McCall, ID 83638

Phone: 208-885-1080

Fax: 208-634-5244



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