Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
The Natural Resources program at the HACTC is a very different environment than any other class I have ever been in. There are 14 students from 5 local schools that all love the outdoors. We learn about all the different areas of natural resources including: logging, glaciers, water, soils, sugaring, and heavy equipment. For about a month, we made 8’x8’ log cabins in pairs using only a chainsaw. Before we could even start a chainsaw, we all had to take the chainsaw safety test and pass it with a 100%.The HACTC provides us with all the necessary safety equipment so that we don’t get hurt.
Almost everyday we take field trips around the Upper Valley to meet people and see their operations. These experiences show us how different people do different things and also give us opportunities for jobs after high school. Recently, we visited local sugar houses and learned the process of making maple syrup. Our instructor is Tom Ostler, and his goal for this unit is that we will know enough to be able to produce maple syrup on our own if we choose to do so. There is no better way to learn about the area we live in than to explore it. We even take hikes through areas with unique history and try to picture how things were thousands of years ago.Being able to see and experience little pieces of natural resources sets us up for college and helps us narrow down what we want to do. I absolutely love Natural Resources at HACTC and am so glad I chose to be apart of this amazing school.