Natural Resources Systems

People depend on natural resources. Regions, cultures, nations, and societies are shaped by how people use land, water, plants, and wildlife. The large and small ecosystems that make up the environment are complex. Each component of our ecosystem depends on another.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the planet’s natural resource systems. Students will explore and develop a basic understanding of how the systems relate to one another other. Students will consider the role people play in managing, using, protecting, and conserving natural resources. In addition, the course will provide information about many different careers that are available to students who are interested in natural resources and natural resource management.


  • Recognize the complex and multidisciplinary interrelationships of the natural resource system, including the relationship between humans and the environment.
  • Summarize the challenges and issues facing our natural resource system.
  • Construct ideas for addressing challenges and issues related to natural resource management and identify the different career paths related to natural resource management.
  • Analyze and interpret basic environmental policy and discuss the role of government involvement in natural resources.
  • Identify environmental stewardship practices and strategies for sustainable natural resource management.
  • Develop the communication and critical thinking skills required for addressing complex environmental problems that have multiple perspectives and multiple vested interests.

Students should be familiar with general concepts about the environment.

Students wishing to gain additional insight into many of the issues and challenges facing wildlife managers before beginning this course may benefit from reviewing the information provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
Course Length: Semester