Grade level 11-12. Requires a “C” or better to advance.
Learn about and experience the beauty and mystery of Alaska while exploring careers that manage the natural resources of our state. Through classroom and outdoor skill building activities students will examine soil and water conservation, wildlife and fisheries management, and forestry and recreation in both historical and contemporary contexts. This course examines the geography, history, political and economic forces that have shaped contemporary Alaska. Course content is organized around five themes of population, land, resources, governance and cultural landscape. The NRM program offers career pathways to Alaska resource development and conservation career fields by offering Tech Prep college credits toward degrees and opportunities for paid summer natural resource career internships.
This course is an integration of social studies and physical science with career field exploration. ASD's Alaska Studies curriculum is taught in the fall. This course includes a review of the history and the political and economic forces that determine contemporary Alaska resource development decisions and other issues confronting the state.
Credits and Certifications
.5 Alaska Studies and
.5 Physical Science and
.5 Social Studies
OSHA 10 certifications; First Aid/CPR
Tech prep available
Mike Woods - Instructor
Mr. Woods has certifications as a NAI-National Interpretation Instructor, a Red Card: National Emergency Responder; a Medic First Aid-Instructor; NSTC: North Slope Training Certification and OSHA 10 Industrial. He has spent over 30 years employed in Resource Management occupations; over 25 years as a CTE instructor for ASD, over 23 years as Alaska Railroad Tour Guide Program Instructor and 5 years Adjunct Professor for UAA. He is a current member of several professional associations: State of Alaska Workforce Investment Board, and on the Dept. of Labor Statewide Training Grants Review Team. He’s on the Resource Development Council, and is the Alaska Iron Dog Snowmobile Statewide Education Coordinator. His past associations include the Alaska Post-Secondary Commission and the Alaska Travel Association Foundation Board.
He has been recognized for his work with several awards: Presidential- CTE Program of Recognition, International Technology Association: Technology Teacher of the Year; Milken National Award: Alaska Educator of the Year; State of Alaska: Teacher of the Year (Runner-Up); and Educator of the Year for Alaska Career & Technical Association: STEM, ASD/School Business Partnerships, Alaska Society of Engineers, and Geophysical Society of Alaska. He has also been awarded the Jerry Dixon Conservation Award: Environmental; BP: ASD Teacher of Excellence and Mayor CREATE Award: Teacher of Excellence. In his spare time he enjoys a variety of outdoor hobbies with family and friends.