Students will build an understanding of science content and learn scientific techniques taught through the lens of conservation with an emphasis on hands-on, real-world activities. The curriculum will center on wildlife conservation and the outdoor recreational activities that financially support the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, such as hunting, fishing, trapping, conservation work, shooting sports and boating; and how they directly benefit habitat enhancement and protection, and wildlife management, including game, non-game and endangered species. Students are not required to actually participate in these activities, but rather the lessons relate to these recreational activities. Some examples include:
Conservation Work: Conducting cleanup projects and investigating the effects of trash on wildlife and/or habitat.
Fishing: A lab testing the breaking strength of various fishing knots while learning how to apply the scientific method and write a formal lab report.
Hunting: Learn how to process a game animal, such as a pheasant, rabbit or deer, while learning anatomy standards.
Shooting Sports: Students apply physics standards related to force, acceleration, aerodynamics, projectile motion, etc. to the flight path of an arrow.
Boating: Students apply physics standards, such as buoyant force, average density, volume, etc., to kayaking.