Outdoor Conservation Program Features

The outdoor conservation major is ideal for students who are passionate about nature and environmental issues.

Job Possibilities
Graduates often go on to build careers in forestry, fisheries, and state parks. Mount Mercy alumni have been employed by a wide-variety of organizations, including U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Scott County Waste Management, and Cedar County Parks.

Hands-on Experience
Students are given the chance to participate in hands-on learning experiences utilizing professional equipment like backpack shockers for fish collection, or microclimate dataloggers. These opportunities allow students to learn how to gather and analyze critical data.

Internships
Internships through organizations such as Indian Creek Nature Center and the Iowa DNR give students a chance to apply classroom techniques in real working scenarios. Past research has included sand dune prairie succession, restoration of hill prairie, and radio-tracking Ornate Box turtles to better understand this threatened species.