What’s Going on in the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Class

By: Joseph Campsey


The students in Danielle Kunkel’s Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources class have started their 2018 school year at Laramie High School by studying how to conserve and preserve natural resources in Wyoming.

Laramie High School has a class that focuses on Wyoming wildlife and natural resources the class is taught by Danielle Kunkel the class is open to everyone at the LHS.

“Anybody can take the class…and it is a semester long,” Kunkel said.

A natural resource is a material or substance such as minerals, forests, water and fertile land that occur in nature and can be used for economic gain.

Wildlife is wild animals collectively or sometimes the native fauna which means the wild animals in specific region.

The Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources course is designed to teach students about the world of natural resources and wildlife.

 Throughout the course are activities to help develop their understanding of these fields through lessons, research and application.

Students will also explore careers they can take as well as post-secondary opportunity’s in each area of the course.

“We will talk about endangered species, wildlife and related careers,” Kunkel said.

While surveying the many opportunity’s available in natural resources students will also learn how to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, working teams as well as take responsibility for their work, actions and learning.

The class also study’s many components such as understanding the environment and learning spices identification.

The definition of species is a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.

“We study a lot of different components like wildlife conservation and the laws,” Kunkel said.

The class will also go through understanding ecology and ecosystems. Ecology is a branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another.

An ecosystem is a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.

The class will also get an understanding of wildlife and protection laws, of conservation and an understanding of range management.

The students will also gain an understanding of renewable and nonrenewable resources and an understanding of Wyoming Wildlife.

“We look at the value of the of the wildlife and consumptive and non-consumptive and we study habitat,” Kunkel said.

Consumptive use is when something is used and cannot be used again.

The final components that the students will gain an understanding of is conservation and range management.

Range management is a professional science that centers around the study of rangelands.

The class has recently finished looking at natural resources both renewable and non-renewable.

The class also related to Dr. Seuss “The Lorax” in the book the class studied the message of conserving and preserving natural resources.

The class is overall very informational and useful for any student that is interested in awareness and preservation of the environment.

The class would be useful to anyone who would want to seek a career in wildlife or natural resources.