Natural Resources

Natural Resources is a two year sequence for both Winnisquam and sending students

Natural Resources I: Students will become proficient in competencies related to the natural resources field. The class will focus on topics such as leadership development, entrepreneurship, workplace safety, equipment maintenance and operation, forestry, fisheries and wildlife, water quality, and sustainability. In each area, competencies will demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of concepts. Applications of these concepts will be carried out on school grounds using provided equipment and through local partnerships in parks, forests, and other recreational areas. Students will work outdoors consistently in all types of weather, while learning industry recognized skills. They are required to have proper field attire for all weather, including a pair of boots (steel-toed STRONGLY suggested). Class meets every day for a full year. Two credits (1 science elective + 1 general elective)

Natural Resources II: Successful completers of the first year of the sequence will build on the skills developed by creating capstone projects that relate to competencies and to areas of individual student interest. This year requires of students more independence through directing their own learning, using time productively and solving problems encountered through capstone projects. Participation in career and leadership development events throughout the year is an added component to the course. The culmination of the program will be completing the capstone project in a real life setting, and then facilitating a presentation to a panel composed of program advisory committee members. Students completing the two year sequence may receive ½ math credit. Class meets every day for a full year. Two credits (1 science elective + 1 general elective)


Natural Resources Competencies:

  • Understand and apply safety regulations, procedures, and methods to have a safe environment
  • Understand the application of scientific principles and techniques to the management of natural resources as they relate to the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem
  • Understand and apply the knowledge of natural resource management to production and processing industries
  • Understand and practice responsible management techniques and procedures to protect our natural resources
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurship influences the economy
  • Understand the career readiness and employability skills necessary to achieve success in today’s workplace
  • Understand the interrelationships between natural resources and humans that are necessary to conduct management activities in natural environments
  • Understand natural cycles and related phenomena required to implement ecologic concepts and principles