NRTP Foundations I introduces students to the art and science of natural resources management. From an academic perspective, the course covers the basic concepts of ecology and the scientific method. Student exercises will stress group work and cooperation, since teamwork is a very important aspect of future success in the workplace. Class presentations will also be a requirement of many assignments so that students gain experience discussing scientific issues in a public forum. Short field trips, laboratory work and library skills will be emphasized so that students develop some of the data collection, survey and research skills needed for employment as a research assistant.