Natural Resources Pathway
Agricultural Science and Technology (Course Code 5624)
This course is required as an entry-level course for all other agricultural courses. The Agricultural Science and Technology course is designed to teach essential concepts and understanding related to plant and animal life including biotechnology, the conservation of natural resources, and the impact of agriculture and natural resource utilization on the environment. Typical learning activities include hands-on learning experiences including performing basic principles of plant, soil, and animal science; studying and modeling the significance of humankind’s interrelationship with soil, water, and air; participating in FFA activities.
Outdoor Recreation (Course Code 5602)
The Outdoor Recreation course is a combination of subject matter and planned learning experiences on the principles involved in outdoor safety, planning outdoor recreational activities, designing parks and special use areas, and outdoor recreational resources on public lands. Instruction also emphasizes such factors as the establishment, management, and operation of land for recreational purposes. Typical learning activities include hunter and boater education; ATV safety; Survival and first aid techniques; planning, designing, and maintaining an outdoor recreational area, and participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience; and participating in FFA activities.
Wildlife Management (Course Code 5674)
The Wildlife Science course is designed to teach technical knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the conservation and/or management of wildlife enterprises. Typical instructional activities include hands-on experiences with analyzing problems and developing site plans including the essential elements, concepts, and skills related to wildlife management; understanding basic ecological concepts; implementing habitat management practices; identifying wildlife and fish species; analyzing policies, laws and regulations, and using natural resources for outdoor recreation; participation in personal and community leadership development activities and planning and implementing a relevant supervised agricultural experience; and participating in FFA activities.
Environmental and Natural Resources Management (Course Code 5626)
The Environmental and Natural Resource Management course is designed to be an introductory course for the Environmental and Natural Resources pathway. The course is a combination of subject matter and planned learning experiences on the principles involved in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources such as air, soil, water, land, forest, and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes. Typical learning activities include constructing a model watershed; identifying and/or measuring the levels of air, water, noise, and solid waste pollution in a selected site; hands-on experiences with site analysis; evaluation of competing interests; analysis of biological and physical aspects of the environment and environment-related issues including methods of abating and controlling pollution; participating in personal and community leadership development activities; planning and implementing a relevant school-to-work transition experience, and participating in FFA activities.