• Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    Paul Dewey - email:

    Click on the link to watch our students in action: Conservation Video

    Conservation is a two year program open to all students in their junior or senior year.  This program is designed to give students a better understanding of our natural resources and the reasoning for preserving them with activity based learning experiences.


    1. To develop and implement a forest management plan.
    2. Undergo leadership and guide training.
    3. To develop an understanding of wildlife habits and activities.
    4. To learn survival and emergency skills.
    5. To demonstrate proper techniques in backpacking, hiking and outdoor activities during our guiding unit.
    6. To learn to use topography maps and compass.
    7. To overhaul and rebuild small engines using mechanical tools and specialty equipment.
    8. Learn park management and operations such as development and supervision of a park, construction and maintaining trail systems, provide visual description for visitors to observe and understand wildlife and survey and construct ponds, trails and logging roads.
    9. Learn greenhouse management by operating onsite greenhouse and maintaining Heating, watering and ventilation systems, forest and floral stock and monitoring temperature, moisture and nutrient levels. Students will also construct research areas on hydroponics, aquaponics, ornamental pools and waterfalls.     

    Units of Study

    Aquaculture – Students will manage over 100lbs of fish and products throughout the year, along with managing large groups of aqua crops. 
    Equipment Operation – Students maintain and safely operate facility owned equipment, including backhoes, loaders and hydraulic machines. 
    Greenhouse Management – Study focuses on horticulture and landscape technology. 
    Forestry – our 16 acre forest provides a perfect lab for activities including: harvesting and milling our own wood products which will then be constructing into rustic furniture and canoes. Outdoor Power Equipment – Students work on almost every style of engine from 2-stroke to 4-stroke and water cooling systems. 
    Students may prepare for a National level certification as well as compete in regional and state competitions. 

    How to Enroll

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Natural Resources and Conservation – 03.9999

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Small Engine Repair, increased demand 5%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Agricultural Technician, increased demand 6%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Ecologist, increased demand 11%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics