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Natural Resources

North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center

This class runs two semesters, meets in early-afternoons, and provides thorough overviews of regional ecosystems, human history and career opportunities.

These semester-long classes have specific areas of focus and generally meet one day per week at many locations across the North Olympic Peninsula.

Internships with professionals are available for students who successfully complete a Natural Resources class.  Often, this leads to pay or scholarships for students. 

Please visit the list of current openings.

You may then submit an application.

Before you start your internship, please complete the Internship Pre-Survey, and when you finish, please complete the Internship Post-Survey.


There are other Natural Resources classes happening, including summer school and partnerships with other organizations.

Boy Scouts are now eligible for school credit through NOPSC Natural Resources. Scouts can enroll any time, though preferred enrollment months are August for fall semester, January for spring semester, and May for summer; credits post in February, June, and August. The amount of credit is based on hours and documentation of work, where approximately 90 hours and accompanying documentation will equal 0.5 credits. The type of credit will default to ‘career and technical education’ (CTE), which is a graduation requirement for most schools.  Scouts interested in science or English credit can inquire about options for these credits. This credit, which is for a class called ‘Natural Resources Options,’ is posted on a NOPSC transcript and mailed to each student’s local school at the end of each semester or summer.

Natural Resources Summer Elwha Field Course is for young people who enjoy being outdoors, want their education to be linked to real-world projects, and may be interested in future natural resources work or study. This class is weekdays, June 22 to July 10 (not July 3rd) and meets in Skills Center Room 206 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. For many days, class will be held in the field (near the Elwha River) and will start and end in room 206. Students who show sufficient learning will earn 0.5 credits in science, Career and Technical Education (CTE), or elective.


1377537528Natural Resources students do great work and get published.

'Terra Cognita' Newsletter:  Terra Cognita is a student-written, environmentally-focused news report on events within our Natural Resources program, the Olympic Peninsula, and the globe.

Press about and by Natural Resources students: Natural Resources students are frequently featured in regional and national publications.

Movies featuring and by Natural Resources students: Check out the NatResAdventure YouTube channel and list of movie links.

There are countless samples of exemplary work, including posters framed in the community on the Natural Resources class websites.

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