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Pathway Overview

The Natural Resource Management program of study is a Pathway designed to provide students with exposure to topics in conservation management and maintenance of natural resources. Students learn responsible stewardship practices of air, soil, water, land, fish, and wildlife resources for economic, recreation, and health purposes. Students utilize a variety of classroom and laboratory activities supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities. Students participating in this program will be prepared to enter into career fields that focus on one or more of the following areas: Natural Science, Microbiology, Water Resource Management, Wastewater Engineering, Environmental Protection, Soil & Plant Science, Environmental Engineering, Geoscience, and Precision Agriculture.

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Pathway Courses


1 Credit

This course introduces the interactions of living and nonliving systems on earth. Topics include the nature of science, ecology, water quality, chemical interactions, weather and climate, energy, and resource management as well as exploration of career opportunities on a local, state and national level. Laboratory exercises reinforce curriculum and provide students the opportunity to apply data analysis to their observations. Students are introduced to the foundational leadership skills, responsibility, and cooperation needed to be a successful and productive citizen through a school-based agricultural education three-component model which includes FFA activities, Supervised Agricultural Experience programs, and career and leadership development events.


1 Credit

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply conservation principles to preserve the environment, natural resources, and ecosystems. Students learn proper soils and land-use practices, the impact of chemicals in the environment, and how to test water and air quality. Students understand societal issues relating to the environment as well as land use and waste management. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs. Students develop leadership skills, increase levels of responsibility, and engage in cooperative activities through FFA activities, Supervised Agricultural Experience programs, and career and leadership development events through a school-based three-component agricultural education model.

*Prerequisite: Introduction to Natural Resources


1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course immerses students in the concepts of sustainability-related to agriculture production, land ownership and civic green space. Students investigate earth systems and resources, the living world, population dynamics, land and water use, energy resources and consumption, pollution, and global changes through discussion and debate. Students learn how to implement production and marketing practices that are profitable and environmentally sound while meeting the needs of both the present and future generations. Students practice ownership and community involvement. Students completing a program of study in this Pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of environmental service systems as well as business enterprises. Students apply skills gained through Supervised Agricultural Experience programs, FFA leadership activities, and career and leadership development events to better serve the community through a school-based three-component agricultural education model.

*Prerequisite: Environmental & Natural Resource Stewardship


1 Credit

Designed to acquaint students through work-based learning experiences with research and management activities not available on campus. Students will work with professionals in an area of concentration. Student evaluation will be based upon the recommendation of the field supervisor and detailed written reports submitted by the student. This is the capstone senior year course for students enrolled in the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Pathway.