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 program 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.

Student Organization



  • 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

Program Specific

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

*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

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.

  • MSU FFA state degree
  • MSU Professional Geographic Info Systems Certification (GIS)
  • MI Farm Bureau AET Credential
  • FAA remote pilot certificate
  • ICEV - Natural Resources Conservation Service - fundamentals of conservation
    & sustainability in agriculture certification
  • ICEV - Duck's Unlimited - ecology conservation & management certification
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) - watershed management training certificate
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative - qualified logging professional
  • International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council - certified wildlife rehabilitator
  • Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
    • Wild-foraged mushroom certificate
    • Pesticide applicators certification

Carley Kratz head shot


Carley Kratz received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University. She was previously the Director of the River Raisin Watershed Council and has taught biology, chemistry, environmental science, and geology at the college level.

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Teacher Assistant

Hannah Witt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Michigan State University. Since graduating, she has worked for the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Michigan DNR, and other agencies throughout Michigan, Oregon, and Alaska. Hannah grew up on her family farm in Deerfield and is excited to start her role at the TECH Center in the area she calls home.

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