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Agricultural Education
AG00011
Introduction to Natural Resources & Environmental Science
120.00
As a one-unit course, Introduction to Natural Resources and Environmental Technology is for students with interests in the overall use and stewardship of natural resources and the environment. Course content includes the meaning, kind, and importance of natural resources, issues associated with preservation and conservation, kinds of resource use, human population demands, recycling, reusing, sustainability, ecology, Earth and the solar system, weather and climate, biosecurity, soil, water, air, wildlife, land and land description, energy, minerals, rangeland, owner responsibilities, and waste management. FFA and supervised experience will also be included as appropriate.
Kurt Murray
(405) 743-5489
kmurr@okcareertech.org
Introduction to Agriscience



Unit
NRE1: Importance of natural resources and environmental science (8 hours)



Benchmark
NRE1-1: Students will explain the meaning of natural resources and
environmental science.



Benchmark
NRE1-2: Students will list and describe major kinds of natural resources.



Benchmark
NRE1-3: Students will classify natural resources based on renewability and
exhaustibility.



Benchmark
NRE1-4: Students will compare and contrast conservation and preservation.



Unit
NRE2: Career entry and advancement in natural resources and environmental
science (7 hours)



Benchmark
NRE2-1: Students will identify occupations in natural resources and
environmental science and list the competencies needed for occupational entry

Benchmark
NRE2-2: Students will name and describe important personal skills for success
in natural resources and environmental science careers.



Unit
NRE3: Natural resources and environmental science safety (3 hours)



Benchmark
NRE3-1: Students will assess safety situations in natural resources and
environmental science work and choose appropriate safety practices.



Benchmark
NRE3-2: Students will properly select, use, and maintain personal protective
equipment when working in natural resources and environmental science.



Unit
NRE4: Sustainability of natural resources and the environment (16 hours)



Benchmark
NRE4-1: Students will explain the meaning and importance of sustainability with
natural resources and environmental science.



Benchmark
NRE4-2: Students will describe human population demands and trends as related
to natural resources.



Benchmark
NRE4-3: Students will explain recycling and reusing and demonstrate approved
practices related to natural resource sustainability.



Benchmark
NRE4-4: Students will describe the meaning and role of ecology and succession
in natural resources and environmental science.



Benchmark
NRE4-5: Students will explain food relationships and prepare food chain
diagrams for selected species.



Benchmark
NRE4-6: Students will define pollution and distinguish between point and
nonpoint pollution.



Benchmark
NRE4-7: Students will explain biosecurity and identify examples related to
natural resources and environmental science.



Benchmark
NRE4-8: Students will describe the importance of aquaculture and indicate the
species and types of production systems that are used.



Unit
NRE5: Renewable natural resources (21 hours)



Benchmark
NRE5-1: Students will describe the nature, importance, and conservation of
soil.



Benchmark
NRE5-2: Students will describe the meaning, composition, and protection of air.



Benchmark
NRE5-3: Students will describe the nature, composition, and conservation of
water.



Benchmark
NRE5-4: Students will explain the meaning, importance, and conservation of
native forests.



Benchmark
NRE5-5: Students will explain the meaning, importance, and conservation of
rangeland.



Benchmark
NRE5-6: Students will explain the classification, use, and importance of
wildlife and its habitat.



Benchmark
NRE5-7: Students will describe the nature, importance, and use of wind energy.



Benchmark
NRE5-8: Students will describe the nature, importance, and use of alternative
energy sources.



Unit
NRE6: Land (23 hours)



Benchmark
NRE6-1: Students will explain the meaning and classification of land.



Benchmark
NRE6-2: Students will discuss the importance of wetland and relate wetland
protection to sustainable resource use.



Benchmark
NRE6-3: Students will discuss the measurement of land and demonstrate
measurement techniques.



Benchmark
NRE6-4: Students will explain land descriptions and interpret legal land documents.



Benchmark
NRE6-5: Students will identify land ownership rights and responsibilities.



Benchmark
NRE6-6: Students will name and explain weather and climate factors as related
to the environment of land.



Unit
NRE7: Nonrenewable natural resources (11 hours)



Benchmark
NRE7-1: Students will identify energy resources and means of energy
conservation.



Benchmark
NRE7-2: Students will name important minerals, including uses, and describe
means of mineral conservation.



Unit
NRE8: Waste disposal and recycling (17 hours)



Benchmark
NRE8-1: Students will name kinds of wastes and distinguish between wastewater,
solid waste, and hazardous waste.



Benchmark
NRE8-2: Students will describe methods used in managing and disposing of
wastewater.



Benchmark
NRE8-3: Students will describe methods used in managing and disposing of solid
wastes.



Benchmark
NRE8-4: Students will explain methods used in managing and disposing of
hazardous wastes.



Benchmark
NRE8-5: Students will name agricultural wastes and identify proper disposal
methods, including the use of nutrient management plans.



Unit
NRE9: Environmental issues (7 hours)



Benchmark
NRE9-1: Students will identify global environmental issues.



Benchmark
NRE9-2: Students will relate agricultural practices to environmental issues.



Unit
NRE10: Agricultural education (7 hours)



Benchmark
NRE10-1: Students will manage an appropriate supervised experience in natural
resources and environmental science.



Benchmark NRE10-2: Students will
identify opportunities for participation and advancement in the FFA related to
natural resources and environmental science.










Natural Resources:
Environmental - CTTC

Natural Resources:
Parks and Recreation - CTTC

Natural Resources:
Range & Soil - CTTC

Natural Resources:
Wildlife Emphasis - CTTC

http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Agriculture_Career_Cluster.htm






On-line lesson plan library, CAERT, Inc.
http://www.mycaert.com


Introduction to Natural Resources - MAVCC

Supplemental VHS and DVDs - CIMC

http://www.okcimc.com/



Environmental Resources Lesson Plan Library CD-ROM 2007, Center for Agriculture and Environmental Research and Training Inc. (CAERT)

http://www.caert.net/



Environmental Science and Technology, 2nd Edition, Porter, Lee, Turner, Hillan; Prentice Hall Interstate, 2003

http://www.prenticehall.com/





Environmental Science, Fundamentals and Applications, Burton, 2009. Delmar Publishing.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com


Managing Our Natural Resources, 4th Edition, Camp and Daugherty; Delmar Publishing, 2002.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com

Ecological Principles of Agriculture; Powers and McSorley; 2000. Delmar-Thomson Learning.

http://www.agriculture.delmar.cengage.com





Ecological Principles and Management, CEV Multimedia

http://www.cevmultimedia.com/agpathwaylist.php
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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Natural Resources and Environmental Science Natural Resources and Environmental Science