Agriculture Science

The Conservation & Horticulture program prepares students for a career in the diverse and expanding Green Industry. The program focuses on various disciplines such as, Landscape Architecture; Arboriculture; Turf Management; Floral Design; Greenhouse Management; Natural Resources and Park Management.

All students participate in the National FFA organization which is the largest youth organization in the United States. Through involvement with the FFA, students develop entrepreneurship skills as they manage, organize, and implement various fundraisers, such as the landscape projects, the annual plant sale, holiday wreath sales, and various flower arrangements for special occasions.

Ag in the Classroom

Grape Festival

Bear Creek FFA created an 8’ X 12’ grape mural for the Lodi Grape festival which was held on September 11-14th at the Lodi Grape Festival grounds. The theme for this years event  was Grapes in Toyland. Our students created an etch a sketch with a scene from Toy Story 2 completely made up of grapes. We worked on the mural for approximately a week and the grapes were donated by Marie Ambrose, Perrin Farms, and Tokay FFA. We would like to thank everyone for their help and support while our students created their first grape mural.

Bear Creek FFA

Bear Creek FFA:

The FFA is a national high school student organization which promotes leadership in the agriculture industry.  The mission statement of the FFA is to promote premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education. The Bear Creek FFA works to promote agriculture while instilling responsibility, teamwork, and commitment in our members.  This is the third year the agriculture program/FFA has been offered at Bear Creek High School and it has been well received by students and the staff of Bear Creek High School. We have grown to approximately 240 members.

 

Students enrolled in the agriculture program at Bear Creek High School have the opportunity to develop skills in the areas of leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and hands-on vocational skills. Our students also develop and maintain a supervised agriculture project, as well as attend numerous leadership conferences, and competitions to further their skills.  This past year we increased our involvement and had students compete in public speaking contests, job interview contest, cooperative marketing contests and spring judging teams.  The spring judging teams we had included Milk Products, Veterinary Science, Forestry, and Best Informed Greenhand.  We have also developed four new committees which include scrapbook, news letter/recruitment, photography, and fundraising.

 

We also developed a place on campus to keep small animals to raise for the San Joaquin County Fair and installed benches in our greenhouse.  In the coming years we hope to cultivate a plot of land to grow trees, grape vines, and other crops as well as add an agriculture mechanics pathway.

Skills and Study Areas

  • Landscape Architecture-Auto CAD
  • Landscape Installation and Maintenance Botany
  • Plant and soil science
  • Plant propagation
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology
  • Greenhouse Management
  • Taxonomy of plants and wildlife
  • Equipment operation and servicing
  • Turf Management
  • Irrigation
  • Arboriculture
  • Floriculture
  • Entrepreneurship

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery Worker/Manager/Sale
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Landscape Architect
  • Lawn care Specialist
  • Greenhouse Production and Management
  • Forestry/Arborist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Soil Conservationist/Scientist
  • Ecology
  • Plant Sciences
  • Wetlands Science/Watershed Management
  • Golf Course Groundskeeper/Maintenance