Natural Resources Management 1
In this first year, students will be introduced to the diverse career opportunities available to them in Natural Resources Management. In this rigorous course, students will experience learning about the physical, biological, and chemical environments that contribute to the overall health and ecology of our natural world including elements that impact wildlife, water, soil, air, and land and forest resources using the latest in industry and scientific tools and technology through lab and field activities. Students will gather and analyze environmental data utilizing industry standard scientific instrumentation and laboratory & field techniques. Students will use analytics tools such as ArcGIS or My World geographic information system software, population modeling software, and spreadsheet analysis software.
In the classroom, students will put what they have experienced into historical and legal context by analyzing the development of select United States policies, laws, and regulations that have impacted our Natural Resource use. Instructional methods employed will emphasize hands-on, individual and collaborative methods to solve real-world problems associated with managing the complex world of natural resources. An emphasis is placed on practical applications of mathematics, technical writing, communications, and scientific data analysis per industry standard practices. Career exploration is encouraged by working with industry and academic professionals who offer additional hands-on opportunities.
Natural Resources Management 2
Year two students will learn and apply advanced techniques of natural resources monitoring(e.g. water quality, wildlife populations, forest analysis), restoration, management, and analysis by participating in a number of authentic projects in collaboration with professionals from federal, state, and local agencies and academic institutions. Professional standards of project analysis and reporting will be emphasized including the application of basic scientific statistics in hypothesis testing and the adaptive management process. Much of the learning during the second year is accomplished by the students completing a year-long independent capstone project in conjunction with a mentor who is a working professional in the student’s chosen natural resources management field.
Extended class time in year two allows topics in year two to focus on extension and application of the what students learned in year one through the use of off-site activities, possible internship opportunities, and independent specialization. Career exploration is encouraged through visits and interaction with natural resources professionals. The successful student will be prepared for post-secondary education or entry-level employment in their chosen natural resources management field. College articulation credit is available for all students who receive a "B" or better in both years of the program.
This program prefers students to have completed Biology I.
This class is a two-year program.
The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:
Year 1 = 2 periods
Year 2 = 3 periods