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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).

The NRESci Academy has a closed Facebook group for CES personnel, NRESci scholars, and scholars' families where information and event details are shared. If you are a scholar in the program or are the family member of a scholar please find and like us on Facebook. Click here for our closed Facebook group page. 

Events for 2018-19 Program Year

  • Events for 2018-19 Program Year (contact your county Extension agent regarding details for each event)
      • September 26-28, 2018, Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center, Jabez, Kentucky
      • November 29, 2018 – Winter Event, Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY
          • Arrival Time: 9:30 AM Central Time
          • Departure Time: 2:00 PM Central Time
          • Bring your own brown bag lunch and drink. Wear comfortable, warm clothes and tennis shoes or boots (prepare to be outside and in a cave).
      • March 28, 2019 – Spring Event, Salato Wildlife Center and Capital Visit, Frankfort, KY
      • July 19, 2019 – Summer Event, Robinson Forest, Clayhole, KY
  • Contact your county extension office for information regarding deadlines and fees (link). 

Registration Information 

Additional Information

Scholarship Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities 

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


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