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.
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.
Program Success Indicators
- Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Drive)
- Basic math functions (add, subtract, multiply, divide, and measure)
- Basic calculator use
- Willingness to participate in research and demonstration projects
- Work independently or as a team member
- Good work ethic, positive attitude, and consistent attendance
- Persevere until skill is attained
- Listen, read, and follow directions and safety protocols
- Complete assigned work in a timely manner; meet deadlines, prioritize tasks
- Interest in environmental science
- Be outside and dress appropriately in all types of weather
- Traverse on uneven ground
- Willingness to participate in FFA activities and career development events
- Work with animals to include fish and other living organisms that may have an odor
- Manually manipulate basic gardening and aquaponics equipment and tools
- Operate small and large industry-specific equipment such as zero-turn mower, skid steer, chainsaw, etc.
Note: Additional education may be required.
- Agriculture/Natural Resources
- Veterinary Medicine
- Environmental Engineer
- Animal Science
- Organic Farmer
- Forestry Technician
- Park Ranger/DNR
- Entrepreneurship/Business Owner
- Crop/Soil Science
- Food Compliance Official
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 1.0 2nd Science (Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Agriscience)
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 1.0 4th Math
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
- 1.0 Online Learning Experience
College Credit Opportunities*
New articulation agreements are anticipated with:
- Baker College
- Davenport University
- Michigan State University
- Siena Heights University
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
Amy Gilhouse received both her BA and AA from Siena Heights University. She served as a Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) Technician from 2003-2017. She has assisted farms throughout the River Raisin Watershed in gaining their environmental verification. Amy has coordinated multiple Tall Ship Sail workshops and Lake Erie conferences taking farmers and partners of agriculture out to the Great Lakes to learn more about conservation practices that protect water quality. She has been a teacher to both children and adults at her home farm for perennial gardening, horsemanship, and farm animal care, and also taught Agriscience at the LISD PREP Academy in the late 1990’s.