Forestry & Natural Resources

The Reedley College Forestry & Natural Resources program is a Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited program leading to a Forestry/Natural Resources AS degree. 

The Forestry program is the only two-year forestry technician program in California that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters, which helps manage an 800-acre school forestry laboratory at YMCA Camp Sequoia Lake near Sequoia National Park, and has a unique five-month internship.    

We offer you a unique opportunity for career preparation. You can earn an Associate of Science degree while receiving certifications to qualify for many natural resources jobs. Areas of emphasis include; forest recreation, wildland fire management, wildlife management, and timber management.

Our five month summer work experience is the key to success. Upon graduation you may choose to work for public or private employers which include the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Army Corp of Engineers, CA Department of Parks, and the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

We teach skills that will lead you to a job.

The Forestry and Natural Resources curriculum meets strict standards of quality and excellence and is continuously evaluated and upgraded. Our students have access to state-of-the art equipment training both in the classroom and in the field.

Our program offers degrees and certificates that fit a variety of student's needs. We offer certificates in surveying technology, recreation, and wildland fire, to name a few. A certificate will help you gain the training needed to enter the industry quickly. Students can obtain an Associates Degree in Forestry or Natural Resources. Additionally, our program has articulated courses with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Humboldt, and the University of Idaho, for those students who want to transfer to a four-year university.

Whatever educational path you choose, you can be assured that Reedley College Forestry and Natural Resources holds the key to opportunity and adventure!

Forestry/Natural Resources (AS)

Forestry (AS)

Natural Resources (AS)

Forestry and Natural Resources Training (CA)

Forestry Surveying Technology (CA)

Forestry Technician Firefighting Emphasis (CA)


Sample Schedule: Forestry Degree

Fall Year 1

Natural Resources Career Prep
Introduction to Forestry
Forest Ecosystem
Forest Protection

Introduction to Field Studies 
Forest Field Studies I   

GE: Math    

GE: Physical Education

Spring Year 1

Computers in Natural Resources
Aerial Photo Interpretation & GIS
interpretation of Natural Resources

Forest Field Studies II 

GE: English

GE: Physical Education

Fall Year 2

Forest Measurements
Forestry Elective

Advanced Field Studies I

GE: Public Speaking

GE: General Psychology

Spring Year 2

Introduction to Forest Surveying
Forest & Resource Management
Forest Products

GE: American Government

GE: Humanities/Arts

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