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North Carolina Youth Institute

April 14, 2023 at NC State University | Plant Sciences Building

Registration + Essay Due March 27 (student registration | mentor 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 2-3 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 13, 2023. 9-12th grade students in the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to participate. On April 14, students attend the daylong institute at NC State University’s Plant Sciences Building on Centennial Campus and share their research paper among peers and a panel of experts. Hands-on workshops, field trips, keynotes and career development will round out the event. There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided, however, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Raleigh, NC.

Please share this event widely, including this flier. For more information on how to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute, contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Liz Driscoll at | 919.886.3424

hort science summer institute flyer

Horticulture Summer Institute

July 9-14, 2023 | Applications are open and due April 1st.

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, nurseries, 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 $650 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, all meals, field trips, workshop materials, and a t-shirt. 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 April 1st and application acceptances will be made by April 15th.. Please contact Liz Driscoll at or 919.513.7346919.886.3424 with any questions or comments. See flier for wide distribution

RCW Workshop

Resource Conservation Workshop

June 25-30th, 2023 | Apply now with 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 in dormitories and attend workshop sessions on campus in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Research Field Labs 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 fully sponsored for youth that are accepted! Students are sponsored by their local Soil and Water Conservation District (find yours here) 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 N.C. State University.

More CALS Camps!

Also, don’t forget about all these other great CALS pre-college programs including Poultry Science Summer Institute, Livestock Science Camp, VetCamp, AgDiscovery, CAALS 3-D, IFAL, and a new camp for rising freshman led by CALS academic programs, “Howling with CALS” (more soon). For younger youth and within driving distance of the JC Raulston Arboretum, check out all these day programs.