Natural Resources Conservation

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Natural Resources Conservation (Grades 11 and 12 Students) is a is a two or three period block designed to prepare students to work in or to pursue further education in the fields of forestry, wildlife, aquatics and soils conservation.

This class takes a hands-on approach to the subject matter. Students will be outside for much of the school year learning skills such as GPS navigation, compass and pacing, as well as mapping and water testing. There will be individual learning opportunities that support living in, working with, and enjoying the outdoors. Students will take three major field trips, two to Grand Lake Streams where they will work with fishery biologists to first harvest salmon eggs and then later clip fins. The third field trip will be an all day study of tree identification, timber-cruising, animal habitats, and a soils pit.  Students enrolled for a three-period block will receive enrichment in the area of either animal science or aquaculture.  (See course descriptions below)


Animal Sciences (Grades 11 and 12 Students) will prepare students to demonstrate competence in the application of scientific principles and techniques to the management of animal production enterprises.

This course is designed to prepare students to manage animals based on anatomical and physiological characteristics, to provide for proper health care, to apply principles of animal nutrition and to evaluate and select animals for specific uses. Students will prepare and implement animal handling procedures, select animal facilities and equipment to provide for safe and efficient production, housing and handling of animals and analyze environmental factors associated with animal production.


Aquaculture (Grades 11 and 12 Students) is designed to introduce the student to breeding and maintaining freshwater and tropical fishes under controlled conditions. The course in divided into a classroom portion and a lab portion.

The classroom section has two main purposes; the Dream Aquarium Project that teaches all aspects of tropical aquariums and time to explore coldwater fishes in Maine and invasive species. The lab section has rotating assignments so students experience saltwater, coral, tropical, trout, salmon, and turtle tanks. Field trips include two to the Grand Lake Stream State Fish Hatchery. This class offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in marine biology, outdoor recreation, and natural resources to learn in a hands-on environment.



This course is held at PIRCTC in room 304.