Natural Resources

This program will introduce students to various disciplines and skills involved in natural resource management careers. The focus is broad, however specific proficiencies in several skills will be included: tractor operation, equipment maintenance, gathering and analyzing inventory data, management planning, map use, maple syrup production, sawmilling, timber harvesting and chainsaw use, wildlife management, and arboricultural techniques. Students will learn and practice the ecological principles that help them understand the methods and importance of being a good steward. The goals of this program are:

  • Foster an understanding of the complexity inherent in natural systems

  • Appreciate the interrelatedness between and within the geological, hydrological, and biological components of local forest, aquatic, and agricultural ecosystems

  • Build an awareness of the connection between good management practices and the resulting social, environmental, and economic benefits

  • Introduce students to a variety of careers in natural resources

  • Provide students with the vocabulary, conceptual understanding, technical knowledge, and physical skills necessary to pursue natural resource careers

  • Engage students in hands-on project-based learning activities to develop safe and effective working practices

  • Enhance students’ transferable employment practices and values

  • Engage students with their local community by providing opportunities for field trips and community service projects



  • Science

Dual Enrollment:

  • VTC AGR 1061 - Burls to Boards - 3 credits

  • Articulation agreement with Paul Smiths

Industry Recognized Credentials:

  • Game of Logging Chainsaw Safety (Levels 1- 4)

  • National Safe Tractor and Machine Operator- NSTMOP

  • Solo Wilderness First Aid

  • VT GIS/GPS Badge (Level 1)

  • ACT National Career Readiness Certificate