Statewide Opportunities for Teen 4-H’ers

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Applications are open Jan. 27 through April 15: 

High school students are invited to spend a week at NC State University climbing trees, grafting tomatoes, snacking on raspberries, discovering new genes and so much more. The Horticultural Science Summer Institute is a residential, hands-on, pre-college program designed to engage youth into the many career opportunities within horticulture. Students will dig into workshops led by faculty, staff and students on topics ranging from breeding better vegetables, propagating ornamental shrubs, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production and design practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Students will visit unique and innovative North Carolina farms, markets, greenhouses, and gardens.

Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development, enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities, live in a campus residence hall with campus dining. The camp provides a close-knit forum for high school students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture. Any high school student with a career or hobby interest within the field of agriculture and horticulture are encouraged to apply to the summer institute.

The cost for the week is $600 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, most meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment. There may be some scholarships for 4-H youth, underserved youth and participants with financial need, or payment plans can be arranged. Applications are due Friday, April 15 and application acceptances will be made on a rolling basis. Please contact Liz Driscoll at or 919.513.7346 | 919.886.3424 with any questions or comments.

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Resource Conservation Workshop June 21–26, 2020

Apply now and submit your application to your local SWCD

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs. The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus at NC State University in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton. For a sneak peak of past programs watch this video!

The Resource Conservation Workshop is free for most students that are accepted! Students are sponsored by their local Soil and Water Conservation District (find your local district) to attend and all applications are done through the local SWCD. The Resource Conservation Workshop is a partnership between the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter – Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at NC State University.

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North Carolina Youth Institute, April 2, 2020

Registration + Essay Due March 1

(Student registration | Chaperone registration)

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is delighted to invite high school youth to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute. This program is part of the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize and provides a platform for students to research and give recommendations to solve key global challenges that range from food insecurity, access to potable water, poverty, human rights, and more.

To participate, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using these downloadable guidelines). Each teacher/mentor must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student’s research paper online by March 1, 2020. 9-12 grade students in the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply. On April 2, students attend the day and a half institute at NC State University and share their research paper among peers and a panel of judges. Hands-on workshops, keynotes, and career development will round out the event. There is no registration cost to participate, however, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Raleigh, NC. For more information on how to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute, contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder at or at (919) 515-4070.

The NCSU Turfgrass Academy, April 3–4, 2020

For students to register + Chaperone/teacher/mentor registration

North Carolina high school youth are invited to attend the Turfgrass Academy on April 3–4 to explore NC State University’s turfgrass program, learn about the turfgrass degree and turf career options. Youth will experience the NC State University turfgrass program by visiting classroom and research facilities, gained hands-on-experience, and meet with NC State University students to learn about their major. The program will feature guest speakers, scientists, tour campus, as well as the turfgrass field labs and Lonnie Poole Golf Course. For more information about this event, contact

Information for these opportunities was provided by

 Liz Driscoll, 4-H Youth Specialist

Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Horticultural Science
NC State University / North Carolina Cooperative Extension