Wildlife, Forestry & Natural Resources

The Wildlife, Forestry, & Natural Resources Program will not be offered after the 2019-2020 school year.  See your high school counselor to take related coursework through the Campus Select Program.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in natural resources fields, including: Forester, park naturalist, park ranger, aquaculturalist, recreation worker, forest/wildland firefighter, soil/water conservation worker, fish and game warden, conservation scientist, zoologist, wildlife biologists, range management technician, and more!

Note: This program is offered during the morning session only (8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.).

  • Learn about careers in the natural resources field.
  • Survey topics in forestry; including forest ecology, fire ecology, and forest management.
  • Explore concepts in soil, water quality, and land management.
  • Investigate rangeland communities, rangeland management, and restoration practices to restore disturbed ecosystems.
  • Study the ecology and management of wildlife species in the Rocky Mountain region, including; endangered and threatened animal species, game and nongame species, and fish biology/management.
  • Complete a technician skills unit; covering equipment operation, safe chain-saw use, GPS/mapping, and orienteering.
  • Meet experts and professionals in the classroom and during lab activities.
  • Participate in numerous field trips and hands-on lab experiences.
  • Earn placement in an internship.
  • Acquire professional workplace and employment skills throughout the year.

This program could be right for you if you have:

  • History of good attendance
  • History of turning in assignments
  • Willingness to seek help
  • Good communication with instructor and classmates
  • Willingness to participate in all assignments and activities
Note: Field experiences may require students to work in adverse (hot/cold) outdoor conditions.

High School Credit

Coursework may qualify for high school academic credit and/or fulfill high school graduation requirements. See your high school counselor for more information.

College Credit (2019-2020 School Year)

13-15 optional FRCC college credits are available:

  • NRE 100 Foundations of Forestry
  • NRE 110 Forestry Field Research
  • NRE 204 Range Management and Restoration
  • NRE 205 Wildlife & Fisheries Management Principles
  • NRE 280 Internship (optional, instructor-approved)

Students who successfully complete these classes and complete certificate program admission requirements earn a FRCC Forestry Certificate.

Optional college credits earned through this program apply towards FRCC degrees and certificates!

Learn more about FRCC degrees and certificates.


Heather Dannahower

Ray Aberle

Class Location

FRCC Larimer Campus

Class Times

Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Eligible Students

Juniors and seniors (seniors strongly recommended)


Tuition paid by school district. Students pay program fees.

Program Video

Get Started Today

Talk to your high school counselor today for more information about the application and enrollment process!

Contact Instructors

Ray Aberle

Heather Dannahower


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