Get Green Done in 2021.
Welcome to Natural History & Sustainability (NHS)
  Spring Semester 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, all class sessions in the Summer and Fall semesters will either take place online or be hybrid courses with some outdoors (with PPE) in person meetings. For a list of NHS Summer and Fall classes, click here.


Our three new Certificates of Achievement are now live! Click below for requirements:

Conservation & Resource Management, Natural History & Resources, and Urban Agroecology

New Videos: Tour of the Urban Agroecology grounds and gardens

Tour of the Castlemont High School garden

Field trip to Brooks Island (part of BIOL 62S)

Organisms. Ecosystems. People.

Your career in the environment starts here.

Merritt’s new Natural History & Sustainability (NHS) Program emphasizes the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to tackle the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. The interdepartmental program offers career- and transfer-driven coursework in three tracks: (1) Natural History and Resources; (2) Conservation and Resource Management; and (3) Urban Agroecology. It is ideal for students interested in the basic science of the natural world and its effect on human society, and provides training for the following jobs: Park ranger, naturalist, field technician, urban farmer, food production analyst, water quality technician, environmental consultant, interpretive aide, environmental educator.

How do you get started? It’s easy–Merritt is a community college, so all you have to do is fill out an application and then sign up for a class. If you decide you want to pursue of our Certificates of Achievement, there is more detail on these programs above.

Latest News

Interested in a career in the environmental field? Read out new FAQ to see if you’re a good fit for our program. Click here: NHS Interest FAQ


NHS Logo

Why a lichen (a combination of fungi and algae) for our logo? Read more about why we chose the mottled tube lichen, Hypogymnia inactiva, to represent our program. Fun fact: The lichen in our logo was drawn by Merritt student Mary Ann King in Prof. Sheila Metcalf-Tobin’s “Botanical Drawing” class.