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Environmental Studies

Course Features:

  • Learn in the Outdoors: Direct, hands-on scientific investigations occur in the outdoor lab space at Paradise Park Campus, which includes ponds, a greenhouse, walking trails, and native plants and animals. Develop and apply field research techniques and skills to student & class-driven questions.
  • Missouri Ecosystem Focus: Centered on the unique ecosystems of Missouri, offering a region-specific, place-based learning approach to environmental studies.
  • Animal and Plant Biotechnology: Provides indoor lab experiences in industry-aligned applications of biotechnology related to plant and animal agriculture.
  • Student-Led Research: Pursue independent, college-level scientific research projects, fostering critical thinking and problem-solving and deep diving into student’s specific interest areas.
  • Community Conservation Leadership: Advocate for the environment and develop a holistic understanding of environmental issues and their impacts through ecological, cultural, & economic perspectives. In addition, help learn how to care for our animal ambassadors in our animal habitat room.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration from Diverse Science Teams: Utilization of chemistry, biology, statistics, and other fields helps students tackle complex real-world problems & projects in partnership with industry professionals.
  • National FFA Organization: Intra-curricular student organization for students interested in environmental studies that prepares its members for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.

Who Should Enroll?

This course is designed for students who have a strong appreciation for plants, animals, & the environment, enjoy the outdoors, and are wanting to prepare for a career in environmental & natural resources.


  • This Capstone Course meets at Paradise Park
  • For the 2023-23 school year, this course will meet in the AM-session only.

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