Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Food. Clothing. Shelter. Gardens. Pets and wildlife. Medicines. Zoos and parks. When you think about it, natural sciences, which blend aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, atmospheric science and engineering (and much, much more,) influence every part of your daily life.

Horticulture is the study of different types of plants & the way they grow. This program covers plant growth requirements, soils, ecology and how to deal with pests and disease, among other topics. Horticulture offers outlets for creativity,  blending the hands-on science and art, to design appealing displays. And for those who are independently-minded, many career options in horticulture allow for self-employment, including landscape contracting and retail floristry. Horticulture programs are offered at Lincoln High School and W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences.

In Natural Resource Management, students apply principals of biology, chemistry and ecology to understand the natural world, learn to identify and evaluate critical environmental issues and consider solutions for resolving and/or preventing problems. Project-based instruction emphasizes the conservation, protection and responsible human interactions with a range of natural resources, including the air, forests, soil, water, fish, plants and wildlife. This program is offered at W.B. Saul High School.

Students in the  Animal Science program apply the core sciences of biology and chemistry to understanding  animal reproduction, genetics, nutrition, physiology, handling, growth and management. Hands-on instruction, working with cows, sheep, horses, dogs and numerous small species  takes place outdoors in the fields and barns, as well as in the classroom and labs. This program is offered at W.B. Saul High School.

In Food Products Science, students learn what it really means when people say "you are what you eat.” Students in this program relate principles of biology and chemistry to the scientific processes that make foods healthier, tastier and safer for consumers. Instruction  also examines the management decisions involved in inspecting,  packaging, and delivering food products to market. This program is offered at W.B. Saul High School.

If you are looking for an interesting, active, unique way to develop your understanding of the world around you and how it works, natural science programs like these are a great start!