Agricultural Technology

Agricultural Technology

Warwick Valley High School


1 Credit     No Prerequisite
This course provides you with practical experience in the classroom and on field trips throughout the Warwick Valley community and other parts of New York State. The facilities include a greenhouse and a shop, as well as a classroom. You will engage in learning experiences that involve raising small and large animals, making maple syrup, making floral arrangements, exploring woodlands and wildlife, planning and planting landscapes in the community, and experimenting with new technologies in the food industry.

You will also have the opportunity to meet a variety of people who own or are employed in these and other industries throughout the Warwick Valley community. This will give you a chance to learn more about the various aspects of these fields and the availability of jobs in this area, the state, and the nation.


1/2 Credit     No Prerequisite      
Students enrolled in this class will learn all aspects of the landscape industry from planning and drawing to installation and maintenance. You will learn proper selection and planting procedures of various shrubs, trees, and flowers. Use and general maintenance of landscaping equipment will also be covered with work in the shop and in the field. Computer programs and other new technology will be explored.

Field trips and projects on school grounds and in the community will give you the opportunity to enhance your skills and understanding of major concepts.


1/2 Credit     Prerequisite: Open to 10th grade and above   
If you are mechanically inclined, enjoy tearing down, and rebuilding engines and equipment, this course is for you. You will learn the basics of tool and engine operation, maintenance, and overhaul through hands-on laboratory experiences. You will also gain experience in welding and working with larger equipment including tractors.

You will have the opportunity to learn the repair and maintenance of conservation and landscaping equipment. You will also be involved in all aspects of machine shop repair including welding, use of micrometers, and replacement of engine components. You are encouraged to work on individual projects, such as working independently on the repair of lawn mowers, and other available equipment with guidance from the instructor.


1/2 Credit     No Prerequisite      
Floral design provides you with many opportunities to express artistic and creative abilities while learning a skill that can open new career opportunities. You will create flower arrangements, bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, wreathes, terrariums, bonsai, and many other artistic expressions involving plant materials.

We will also be visiting area florists. These trips will help you to learn about new and exciting trends in this industry. If you would like to break out of the traditional classroom setting and learn a new skill, sign up for this class and have fun while learning.


1/2 Credit     Prerequisite: Living Environment Regents
Do you enjoy working with animals? Would you like to be a veterinarian? This course offers you an opportunity to explore the world of domestic and exotic animals. You will learn about their anatomy, handling, nutrition, health and reproduction. This course will cover both small and large animals and will focus on your interests and those of your classmates. You will also learn about aqua-culture and the career and business opportunities available in the field of animal science.


1/2 Credit     No Prerequisite     
This course provides students with the opportunity to get outside and explore the natural world. We will study the quality of our air, soil, water and other natural resources. We will take advantage of opportunities to improve the world in which we live.

Would you be interested in working as a conservation officer in a state or national park? Ever wondered what that tree in your back yard is? Ever thought of a career teaching children about soils and water quality? This course will focus on hands on scientific investigations in our local environment. We will also study wildlife, forest management, water quality and soils.


1/2 Credit     Prerequisite: Pass Animal Science and Living Environment  
The animal industry is growing at a rapid pace. An increase in pet ownership demands proper care for our most devoted companions. This course is designed to provide both hands on learning and extensive classroom instruction for students wanting to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Anatomy and physiology, nutrition, diseases, breed identification, clinical lab procedures, client communication, and animal behavior will be discussed. Students will explore different career opportunities existing within the veterinary field and gain practical skills required for employment.

Topics include: Biomedical Career Exploration, Animal Welfare and Ethics, Veterinary Medical Terminology, Animal Handling and Physical Restraint, Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition Animal Behavior, Lab procedures, and more.


1/2 Credit     Prerequisite: Veterinary Science I
This course is offered to students that have successfully completed Veterinary Science 1. Students will explore body systems, principles of infectious disease and prevention, clinical lab procedures, aseptic and surgical procedures, posology, basic radiology and research new technologies used in the field of veterinary medicine. Students will gain hands on experience caring for class pets as they learn proper care, selection and management of common companion animals. Class will include field trips to local veterinary hospitals and visits from professionals in the field.


1/2 Credit     No Prerequisite     
Do you have the desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow head-on? Would you like the opportunity to learn leadership skills you can use for the rest of your life? If so, this course is for you!

You will have the opportunity to gain skills in public speaking, debate, job interviewing, team efforts, and then test them in local, state, and national competitions as a member of the FFA. You will also have the opportunity to go through the high and low ropes challenge courses at Oswegatchie FFA Camp, including summer and winter camp experiences.

Requirements: Each student must take one (1) additional agricultural technology course during his/her four (4) years in high school.

Note 1: This class can be taken as a replacement for the senior required course entitled “Participation in Government.”
Note 2: This class can be taken during your free time and after school hours.
Note 3: This class may be completed over a four year period.
Note 4: This class is held after school.