Video by Erik Sather
NAU-TV

With its proximity to half a dozen national parks, it should be no surprise that Northern Arizona University is home to one of only a few park ranger training programs in the country. The program is intense, requiring physical fitness training, night and weekend sessions and classes five days a week during the semester, and students are given real-life training scenarios to prepare them for the task.

The certification is available in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree program or as a non-credit option for people who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.

For the National Park Service’s 101st birthday on Aug. 25, learn more about NAU’s park ranger training program.