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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

July 9 - 19, 2017
Hosted by University of Nevada, Reno

The Course


Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE™ curriculum.

Woven throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.

Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course is intended to serve as the introductory course within the CASE Program of Study. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program.

In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

The course includes:

  • Agricultural Education – Agriculture, FFA, and SAE
  • Communication Methods
  • Science Processes
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants and Animals
  • Agricultural Mechanics

Course Schedule

Sunday, July 9, 2017

4:00 pm: Institute check-in opens
5:30 pm: Orientation Session and meal

Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017

8:00 am to 5:00 pm: CASE Classes (Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16, 2017

No classes. A weekend on your own.  No meals provided.  See "Things To Do" information.

Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 2017

8 am to 5 pm: CASE Classes (Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm)


Participants may plan their departure for after 5 pm on July 19 or anytime by noon on July 20.

ALL participants MUST be present for the entire CASE Institute – NO EXCEPTIONS!



Fees: $2,700 per person
Registration includes all training materials, access to laboratory equipment, full lodging, and meals.

Note: Meals will not be provided the weekend of July 15-16, 2017.

Please make your check payable to "Board of Regents" and mail payments to:
     Melissa Glenn
     University of Nevada, Reno / MS 221
     1664 North Virginia Street
     Reno, Nevada 89557

For questions related to billing and payments, contact:
     Melissa Glenn
     Office: 775.784.6237
     Email: mglenn@cabnr.unr.edu

Individuals who wish to cancel their registration after registering for the institute will incur a cancellation fee.  Any registration cancellations before Friday, June 9th, 2017 will incur a $250.00 cancellation fee.  After June 9th, 2017, no refunds will be available to the individual and/or their school and payment in full is required.

Complete the registration process located on the CASE website.



Travel plans and expense are the responsibility of the participant and/or their school. Please carefully consult the schedule above for the dates and times you’ll need to be onsite to participate in the institute.

University of Nevada, Reno Campus Map Reno Map

By Car:
If you are driving to University of Nevada, Reno, here is the link for directions to campus.

By Plane:
The Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is located approx. 20 minutes from campus. Transportation from the airport to campus is available via cab or Uber. There are also a number of rental car companies if you prefer to rent a vehicle at your own expense. Reminder that if you are planning to depart on the last day of the institute, your flight will need to leave after 7:00 pm.


Lodging expenses are included in the registration cost and will be single room dorm accommodations. Linens (pillowcase, two sheets, a wash cloth, and two towels) will be provided. If participants wish to bring their own linens, extra-long twin sheets will be needed. Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket and pillow, although a limited number are available for loan in the dorm. Daily maid service is not available.

Specific dorm location and amenities coming soon. Check-out time is noon. You may remain in your dorm room over the weekend, however no additional guests are allowed to join you there. 

Note: CASE strongly recommends that all participants, regardless of home proximity, plan to stay in lodging provided by the institution. Participants have homework every night that may involve group projects or other collaborative work. CASE encourages environments that keep participants focused on institute instruction to maximize benefits to participants.


Meals will be provided and are included in the cost of registration — except Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th. Meals over the weekend will be the participant's responsibility. Breakfast and lunch will be served in Downunder Café. Breakfast will be served starting at 7 a.m., lunch break will be from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, and dinners will be catered or offsite.


Permits are required for all vehicles parked on campus and will be provided for participants, as needed.

Things to do in & around Reno


Reno and Lake Tahoe Territory claims both ends of the spectrum. On one hand you'll find a multitude of famous casino hotel games and a host of other man made diversions. On the other hand, you'll see some of Mother Nature's most creative alpine and high desert accomplishments. A short distance from Reno is Lake Tahoe, a massive body of crystal clear blue water that is one of the world's most majestic mountain lakes. We invite you to explore and experience our part of the world.

Stay the weekend, make plans with fellow participants, or invite your family and friends to join you in Reno!
Top ways to experience northern Nevada OR
Visit the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority at www.visitrenotahoe.com


David Shintani, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Reno / MS 221
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada, 89557
Anne Willard
Nevada Department of Education, CTE
755 N. Roop Street, Suite 201
Carson City, Nevada, 89701