Explore Lakehead's Unique Professional Programs in Stewardship of Forested Ecosystems

Natural Resources Management Outdoor Lab

Lakehead University's Faculty of Natural Resources Management will develop your understanding of the intricate balancing act between ecological health, economic sustainability and social acceptance in managing our natural resources.

Whether you are passionate about the environment, forest ecology, resources sustainability or maybe climate change and wildlife management, the Faculty of Natural Resources Management has two innovative programs for you to choose from that focus on the preservation and restoration of our natural environment: 

    • Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management (HBEM)
    • Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry (HBScF)


    Program Overview

    As a student in either program, for the first two years you will take part in a common curriculum. Instilling a broad introduction to the topics and issues surrounding natural resources management will allow you to better develop and understand your interests when you, after second year, select one of six specializations to complete your program.

    The specializations within the Environmental Management (HBEM) program include:

    • Wildlife Conservation & Management
    • Conservation Planning & Management 
    • Sustainable Land Use

    Within Forestry (HBScF), the specializations include:

    • Forest Management 
    • Forest Health & Protection 
    • Forest Products & Marketing


    Hands-On Experience

    On the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake, the Boreal forest, and its diverse range of wildlife, what better place to study natural resources management than the best outdoor laboratory in the country!

    As a Natural Resources Management student, you will start your educational experience at Lakehead right in the field. Your first year field trip will get you ready for your studies through hands-on experience while learning core theories and concepts. Our programs also have a co-op option if you are interested in gaining work experience in the field. 

    Learn more about the Faculty of Natural Resources Management

    Meet Exceptional Students and Alumni

    Joseph Silva
    Joseph Silva, from Cambridge, was drawn to Lakehead for its close-knit school community and the open door policy with professors. "When I visited Lakehead University for the first time, I knew it was the school for me..." Read more about Joseph.

    Katie Babin
    Katie Babin, from Waterloo, Ontario, chose Lakehead because of the wide variety of topics covered in the program: forestry, animal biology, wetland ecology and forest management. "In my third year, we went to Ecuador to learn about topics such as agro-forestry and water management in rural communities..." Read more about Katie.

    Program Offerings within the Faculty of Natural Resources Management

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    Our students and graduates are highly employable with a 100% employment rate! Whether you are looking for summer employment during your studies or upon graduation, Lakehead University graduates are in high demand by employers in private enterprise, government and multinational corporations. Here's a sample of some professions you may be interested in exploring:

    • Urban Forester
    • Hydrologist
    • Wildlife Management
    • Botanist
    • Fish & Wildlife Conservation Officer
    • Park Naturalist
    • Natural Resource Policy Analyst
    • Environmental Advisor
    • Survey Technician
    • Plant Scientist
    • Registered Professional Forester



    Apply Today 

    The application deadline for Ontario High School students to apply for Fall 2018 is January 17, 2018. To apply, please visit the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. We look forward to receiving your application!