Forestry

Our Society of American Foresters recognized program prepares you for a career in Forestry and Natural Resources through a unique combination of hands-on classroom instruction and work experience. After completing one school year of preparatory classes, seasonal work experience is available with various forest and resource agencies, as well as private industry. The second year of study involves advanced training and a second season of full-time employment. While at Reedley College, students complete courses in: Computers in Natural Resources, Wildland Firefighting, Wildlife, Surveying, Forest Measurements, Interpretation, Forest Recreation, Forest Products, and several extended three day Field Trips.


In addition to classes, students participate in extended field trips each year. The Reedley College Forestry Program has an agreement with the Sequoia Lake Conference of YMCA’s to manage their 800 acre forest. This allows our program to give students real experience and important technical skills necessary to succeed as a forester. Field trips consist of three days of activities including interpretive tours, guest speakers, a work day, and blocks of outdoor laboratory instruction..


An Associate degree and transfer program to state colleges and universities is available. Aside from the excellent education opportunities available at Reedley College, there are many co-curricular activities designed to expand leadership and organizational skills. You will want to be a part of our Forestry Club, Logger Sports Team, or Ag Ambassadors! Financial Aid and work study is available for students that qualify. For Students coming from outside of the Fresno area, On-Campus Housing is available.


  • Forest Surveying Technology (CA)
  • Forestry Skills (CN)
  • Forestry Technician Firefighting Emphasis (CA)
  • Forestry Technician Skills (CN)



Sample Schedule

Fall Year 1

Career Exploration
Ecology of Forest Ecosystems
Conservation of Natural Resources
Introduction to Field Studies
Forest Field Studies I

Spring Year 1

Computers in Natural Resources
Wildland Fire Technology
Dendrology
Forest Field Studies II
Introduction to Forest Surveying

Fall Year 2

Career Leadership
Silviculture
Advanced Field Studies I
Photo Interpretation
Forest Products
Forest Recreation

Spring Year 2

Principles of Wildlife Management
Advanced Field Studies II
Forest & Resource Management
Forest Measurements
Interpretation of Natural Resources


Work Experience

All students are given an opportunity to gain valuable Work Experience during the summer. For the past 25 years, every student that wanted a job in Natural Resources has been placed. Students usually work from May-October then return to school for 9-week classes. During the summer, you will be registered for a work experience class and you will be visited by a Forestry instructor to see how your work is progressing. Approximately 80% of our graduates are permanently employed in Natural Resource careers.


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