Change the world with a career in Environmental Science
Environmental Science courses focus on the various interactions between ecosystems, wetlands, forests, wildlife, natural resources, and humans, and how all of this impacts the environment. In addition to earning an OSHA certification, students can earn Industry Certifications for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and also Natural Resource Specialist.
Check out our CHS Environmental Science Courses and Descriptions
Introduction to Environmental Science Resources 2
This core course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of the environmental sciences in Florida, including natural resources, scientific investigation, laboratory skills, scientific and technological concepts, and principles of leadership and career opportunities. Laboratory-based activities and field studies are an integral part of this course. Some of the topics covered include Florida ecosystems, hydrology, dendrology, geology, as well as soil, land, wetland and wildlife management.
What is Dendrology? Watch the video to find out.
What is OSHA? Watch the video to find out.
Environmental Resource Technology 3
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of topography; water treatment; stormwater systems; Geographic Informational and Global Positioning Systems; environmental standards and regulations; scientific and research concepts; principles of leadership and career opportunities. Laboratory-based activities and field studies are an integral part of this course. At the conclusion of this course, students will participate in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification course and will also have the opportunity to certify in Agricultural Education Services and Technology (AEST) Natural Resources Specialist.
Natural Resources Management 4
This course is designed to develop deep competencies in the areas of land management, wildlife management, forestry and silviculture, leadership skills and career opportunities. Laboratory-based activities and field studies are an integral part of this course.
What is silviculture? Watch the video to find out.
Students working on a grant investigation on water quality of the St. Johns River in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Advanced Natural Resources 5
This course is designed to develop competencies in the areas of ecosystems, pest management, wildlife, ecology restoration, planning and administering land uses, principles of leadership and career opportunities. Laboratory-based activities and field studies are an integral part of this course. Students at this level are eligible to take Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate industry certification.
What is LEED Green Associate Certification? Watch the video to find out.
Program of Study
Class of 2019
“This Academy has given me a wealth of knowledge and opportunities that most high school don’t get. It has fostered my love for the environment and showm me what I want to do in life. What we learn in this course can really open eyes about how we can work to protect the environment so later generations can appreciate it just as much.”
Class of 2019
“Throughout my four years in the academy, I have learned many of the skills that I would need to pursue a multitude of careers in science. Along with preparing for college and future careers, I have made some great friends in the program. Our classes attended multiple field trips to give us hands-on experience similar to what we could possibly do in future careers. Outside of school, I was given the opportunity to intern with Carter Environmental over the summer. I gained a lot of hands on experience from working with Ryan Carter and his team in the field. Overall the experiences that I gave gained throughout my four years in the academy have provided the stepping stones for me to pursue a career in Environmental consulting, which is what I did with Carter Environmental over the summer.”
Class of 2019
“I have learned a lot through this academy—not just about the environment and how we impact it as humans—but about life. I’m graduating high school feeling adequately prepared for any challenge I will face. I have gained real-world experiences through field studies, labs, interesting reads, resume building, and using different kinds of emerging technologies. I would definitely recommend this academy to any and every high school student who has ambition to pursue a success.”
Take a closer Look
Click below to watch Ms. Pressel’s Video submission to the Esri School Teacher Video Challenge! This explains how she uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the classroom!
Click below to learn more about how the CHS Environmental Academy courses partner with St. Johns River Water Management District to take learning beyond the classroom.
Want to know more about the Blue School Grant Program? Click below for more details.
Meet our Teacher
Teacher for all levels
Ali Pressel helped open the doors of Creekside in 2008 and currently teaches within the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Advanced Placement Environmental Science. Mrs. Pressel helps students learn traditional laboratory science skills, as well as hands-on field research and STEM project-based collaboration within her science classroom. Over the past decade, Mrs. Pressel has taught many courses related to the environmental sciences. Mrs. Pressel is co-sponsor of the Environmental Club and sponsor of the Geospatial Mapping Club. Mrs. Pressel graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection mapping endangered plant communities in using GIS technologies. She began her teaching career in Maryland before moving to Florida in 2007 to work with St. Johns County Public Schools. Mrs. Pressel completed her M.S. in Biological Sciences in 2009.
Mrs. Pressel considers herself a lifelong learner. She is a National Geographic Certified Educator, integrating citizen science to help students be better prepared for the world around them upon graduation. She works with the CollegeBoard as an AP Reader for Advanced Placement Environmental Science to collaborate with teachers nationwide on current science issues and help her students stay up-to-date on important AP topics, and she has recently completed her professional certification as a LEED Green Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council to help her Academy students better prepare projects in sustainable design and green building. She is an active member of the National Science Teacher Association and regularly speaks at national conferences regarding the values of STEM education in Academy programs.