TypeOnsite Course
Price$1500
Number of Registrations

Introduction

Ecotourism is different from traditional tourism in a lot of ways, with some of its key features being respect of the natural environments and emphasis on sustainability. Accordingly, eco tours seek to provide nature and adventure lovers with intimate learning experiences with natural environments within a cultural context that will foster appreciation and conservation.
Guides offering ecotours should know how to best deliver ecologically sustainable activities, interpret wildlife and nature, and identify key natural features in a given area without impacting such features in any way.

 

Target Audience

Tour guides, conservationists, adventure guides, tour and activity operators involved in conducting eco tours and activities

 

Accreditation

Participants will receive an accredited certificate in eco guiding upon the successful completion of the program. Certificate is accredited by ncfe, a leading British awarding organization that has significant international and regional presence.

 

Key Learning Areas

• Basic ecotourism concepts
• Interpretation techniques
• Ecology and conservation of natural environments
• Planning ecotourism activities
• Leading eco tours in natural areas

 

Here is what you will be able to do following this course:

• Describe the scope of ecotourism experiences in your country
• Recognize factors of the environment and their significance to ecotourism
• Plan an eco tour
• Create/develop interpretation aids for ecotourism activities
• Develop a display with an ecotourism theme
• Determine the specific name of a range of natural features in natural areas
• Lead an interpretive tour with an ecotourism theme

 

Course Curriculum

 

Module 1. Basics of Ecotourism

• Definition of ecotourism
• Negative ecotourism
• Ecotourist profile
• Administrative concerns
• Safety

 

Module 2. Interpretation in Ecotourism

• Interpretation as a key element of ecotourism
• Interpretation techniques
• Sign design

 

Module 3. Ecosystems explained

• Definition of ecology
• Ecosystem function
• The web of life
• Habitat and niche
• Humans in the environment

 

Module 4. Interpreting Mountains and Rocks

• Types of rocks
• Types of minerals
• Soil formation
• Soil classification

 

Module 5. Interpreting Aquatic Environments

• Marine environments
• Freshwater environments
• Fish
• Shells
• Crustaceans

 

Module 6. Interpreting Land Environments

• Introduction to interpreting land environments
• Relevance of interpreting land environments

 

Module 7. Planning an Eco tour

• Destination
• Transportation
• Accommodation

 

Module 8. Leading an Eco tour

• Advertising
• Group preparation
• Planning the tour
• Group surveys for feedback

 

Course Curriculum