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Natural Resources
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Natural Resources
About the Program
Students studying in the Natural Resources program at the Coshocton County Career Center will focus their learning on forestry, wildlife, parks and recreation, and heavy equipment operation. Students will learn how to manage our country's natural resources and gain hands on skills necessary to carry out forestry and wildlife management plans.

Related instruction includes timber stand improvement methods, wildlife habitat building, topographical mapping, identification of trees, identification of wildlife, forest diseases and pests, ecosystems and how they interact, soil and water conservation topics, and parks and recreational management and maintenance.
Lab instruction includes maintaining recreational facilities, tree trimming, maintenance and safe operation of chainsaws, tree climbing, wildlife surveys, habitat building, landscaping and grounds maintenance including the improvement of forest properties, heavy equipment operation, use of transit, and small wood construction projects.

Length of Program: 2 Years

Partnerships with: Zane State College and Hocking College

Career Pathways: Wildlife Officer, Park Ranger, Heavy Equipment Operator, Hunting Guide, Forest Technician, Wildlife Biologist, Naturalist, Environmentalist, Arboretum Specialist, Forest Ranger, Landscaper, Surveyor, Tree Trimmer
Early Placement
If, during your junior year, you have maintained an acceptable GPA and attendance record, you may qualify for an early-placement work option during your senior year.

Placed in a job through this program, you will have the chance to practice the skills you have learned during your first year of study. Depending on your ability and interest, you might work at a wildlife refuge, a city park or at a retail sporting goods or hunting outfitter or for the Ohio DNR, in some capacity. This work experience will compose a large part of your final lab grade. Not only will you receive program credit, but you will also have the opportunity to build employability skills, garner trust and a positive work reference from your employer.
Further Education
As a Career Center graduates do, you will find that the time you invested in the Natural Resources program may earn you pre-approved college credit.

Because graduates of the Natural Resources program have completed and passed the three certification courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources – Hunter Safety, Trapper Education and Motorboat Safety – students are able to receive 3 semester hour college credits. This makes the cost of attaining an associates or 4-year degree in the field of Natural Resources more affordable for these individuals. Some employers will even pay for their employees to earn their degrees!

Colleges which participate (articulate) with the Coshocton County Career Center for these credits include Zane State College and Hocking College.
Alumni Update
Coming to the Career Center was a great decision for me. I got to practice my trade and develop experience in a field that I really enjoy. My skills definitely helped my branch out and land my first job in the industry. The Natural Resources program is a great fit for anyone who enjoys forestry and wildlife.

- Spencer Thomas, 2007 Natural Resources Program Completer, Whitetail Deer Hunting Guide at IMB Outfitters, Macon, Missouri
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Mr. Kilpatrick
Natural Resources Instructor

Mr. Tim Kilpatrick is in his 14th year of instruction at the Career Center. He began his teaching career here as one of the Business Careers instructors, but became the Natural Resources program instructor in 2005. It’s a field that suits his interests and training well.

Mr. Kilpatrick, or “Mr. K.” for short, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, which he earned from Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in 1989. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Education in 2003 form Kent State and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University, which he earned in 2008.

Mr. K. is a member of the Ohio Forestry Association and from them holds a Level 1 Master Logger certification. Learn More

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