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Agriscience: Natural Resources

Natural Resources is a rapidly developing part of the agriculture industry with new jobs and businesses forecasted across the Midwest. As a student in Natural Resources, you will learn at the state-of-the-art LISD Center for a Sustainable Future – designed to be the state’s first net-zero energy use high school campus. The new facility models sustainable energy practices and has been recognized as a “Green Ribbon School” by the US Department of Education.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program is designed for students to develop skills and explore opportunities within the fields of sustainable agriculture and environmental science. Students will acquire a better understanding of sustainable practices in various agricultural applications. The class will plant and maintain gardens, perform environmental surveys and experiment with solutions to agricultural and environmental problems. Students will learn high tech lab skills and have the opportunity to compete at the Lenawee County Fair. Student leadership is developed through teamwork and participation in FFA activities, including awards and competitions. Students who take this program have the option to dual-enroll in Michigan State University classes.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Successful students enjoy working outdoors and often possess a strong science background and an interest in researching environmental issues. This class is designed for students who want to make a positive difference in the world, protect the environment, grow healthy food or even start their own business.

RELATED CAREERS

Completion of this program could lead to careers in:

Agriculture/Natural Resources
Scientist
Veterinary Medicine
Environmental Engineer
Animal Science
Organic Farmer
Forestry Technician
Park Ranger/DNR
Farming
Entrepreneurship/Business Owner
Crop/Soil Science
Food Compliance Official

*Note: Additional education may be required.

INSTRUCTOR

Johanna Lentz grew up in Britton, living on a small family farm with greenhouse crops, vegetables, and 4-H animals. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a concentration on Landscape Design and a specialization in Environmental Science.

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HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT *

1.0 AgriScience or 3rd Science
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
1/2 Math

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

New articulation agreements are anticipated with:

Baker College
Davenport University
MSU

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

Pesticide Certification

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

FFA