Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences program is designed for 8th to 12th grade students who express an interest in the Natural Resources & Agriscience pathway, introducing students to biological and physical practices in agriscience education.

This program is suitable for students who want to make a positive difference in the world, protect the environment, grow healthy food, or even start their own business.  Students will gain skills necessary to obtain a job in an almost limitless career field, including but not limited to, a DNR ranger (Department of Natural Resources), a forester, greenhouse manager, landscaper, veterinarian, farmer, and lab technician.  Prior experience is not necessary.  This program is designed to be a one-year course that complements other programs at the LISD TECH Center including Agri-Tech, Biochemical Technology, Horticulture, and Natural Resources.

Program Description

Natural Sciences involves five main areas of instruction that gives the students a sample of what our day time TECH Center Agriscience programs are like and allows students the opportunity to join our FFA student leadership organization.  The five main areas of instruction are:

  • Animal Science and Agriculture Practices
  • Plant Science and Careers in Horticulture
  • Biotechnology and Laboratory Skills
  • Environmental Science and Natural Resources
  • Student Leadership Organization - The National FFA Organization

This one-year program is designed for students in 8th to 12th grade to develop skills and explore opportunities within the fields of Agriculture including Horticulture, Biochemical Technology, and Natural Resources.  This program blends outdoor experiences with laboratory skills.

To Be Successful

Successful students in this program are self-motivated, enjoy working outdoors with plants and animals, and may have an interest in science and environmental issues.  Good reading and math skills and the ability to learn scientific research skills are helpful.

Academic

  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Drive)
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Calculate percentages
  • Willingness to engage in public speaking
  • Enjoy science and science-related activities
  • Measure and determine area, perimeter, and volume for landscaping
  • Able to read charts and graphs
  • Writing, research, and investigation
  • Complete work in a timely manner, meet deadlines, and prioritize tasks

Interpersonal

  • 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
  • Demonstrate courtesy and politeness with fellow students, staff, and guests
  • Participate in classroom projects
  • Good organizational skills and time management
  • Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior

Program Specific

  • Enjoy the outdoors
  • Enjoy hands-on work
  • Work in adverse weather conditions
  • Participate in FFA (student organization) activities and competitions
  • Participate in career development and leadership events
  • Operate agricultural equipment such as zero-turn mower, skid steer, chainsaw, etc.
  • Work in and around animal fecal matter/mud/compost
  • Exposure to a variety of farm smells including soil, compost, manure, and animals
  • Exposure to hands-on work with soil and a variety of plants (not afraid to get dirty)
  • Record keeping in the AET (Agriculture Experience Tracker) online system
  • Perform basic veterinary procedures on livestock
  • Show interest in agriculture/plant/animal science
  • Use drafting tools and CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to draw landscape designs

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Ag Mechanics
  • Agriculture/Natural Resources
  • Scientist
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Animal Science
  • Organic Farmer
  • Forestry Technician
  • Park Ranger/DNR
  • Farming
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Crop/Soil Science
  • Food Compliance Official
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Landscaping
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Agri-Science
  • Forest Technician
  • Florist
  • Turf Grass
  • Fruit & Vegetable Production

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

  • 1 credit at the discretion of the local high school district

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Matt Hensley, Agri-Tech and Natural Sciences Instructor

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Carley Kratz, Natural Resources and Natural Sciences Instructor

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Johanna Lentz, Horticulture and Natural Sciences Instructor

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