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The NRESci Academy is a three-year program designed to teach youth about their natural environment. In the program, scholars participate in hands-on investigations to learn about Kentucky’s water, forest and wildlife resources.

Each year of the three-year program, scholars concentrate on a different core area (water, forestry, wildlife) and interact with experts in each of these disciplines. Scholars participate in a variety of field exercises, including stream sampling, forest measurement data collection, wildlife survey, insect collection and identification, and much more. Scholars also have the opportunity to visit natural areas throughout the Commonwealth, and learn about the diverse natural resources in our state. Scholars who have graduated from the academy in good standing may apply to be NRESci Teen Ambassador (a one-year commitment).

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity.  This program fosters mastery by increasing environmental literacy, belonging by interacting and connecting with adults and youth with similar interests, independence by practicing leadership skills and independent thinking, and generosity by designing and completing a community service project.  Contact your county extension office for more information (link).


  • Events for Program Year 2017-18
      • Summer Event, July 24, 2018, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (participants please contact your county Extension agent for additional information)
  • Events for Program Year 2018-19
      • September 26-28, 2018, Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center, Jabez, Kentucky (participant supply list coming soon) 
      • Additional events TBA.
  • Contact your county extension office for information regarding deadlines and fees (link). 


Additional Information

Scholarship Oppurtunities

Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Agent Advisor Application available on Agent Resource Guide (password protected - link)


State Coordinators: