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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, entomology, and wildlife resources.



Each year of the three-year program, scholars participate in a variety of field exercises, such as stream sampling, forest measurement data collection, wildlife survey, and insect collection and identification, and interact with natural resources professionals. 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 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. 

Registration Closed - Program Year 2022-23 

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