Interpretive Naturalists explain the natural and scientific features of parks, botanical gardens and wilderness areas to visitors (alis). They study not only living things, such as plants and wildlife, but non-living things, such as minerals and fossils. Naturalists often use their knowledge to educate others, for example visitors to parks, through nature hikes and interpretive centres. Naturalists may also work for environmental organizations planning special events or write for newsletters, television, and radio. Naturalists may work in government departments, non-profit organizations, and private companies involved in eco-tourism. (

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Most interpretive naturalists have related post-secondary education. This is a multidisciplinary field that draws from a wide range of academic disciplines including biology, environmental science/studies, education, recreation,  and leisure studies. Other related fields of education can include the performing arts, anthropology, history, and native studies. (alis) Educational requirements may vary based on the location and requirements of the worksite.

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