The Wildlife Management Program at Bethesda encourages students to focus on conservation of natural resources. This hands-on program uses the 650-acre campus at Bethesda as a classroom and builds classes around the various wildlife habitats on the property.
Students get an up-close look at the animals that are the natural inhabitants of Bethesda, and add to this population by raising quail for both study and profit. The program also includes nursery ponds for raising carp and conducting aquaculture studies of marine plant life.
The Wildlife Management program integrates classroom lessons into the field as students calculate food consumption for quail, monitor water quality in the marsh and conduct deer census surveys. The National Resources Conservation Service recently awarded Bethesda a $19,000 grant to replant pine trees, which are responsibly grown and harvested on site.