Applications for the 2019-20 Program Year are now available on the NRESci website.

If you are new to the NRESci program, information about the program is available on the public website. The Academy is a 3-year program. 4-H’er members who enroll are expected to attend a Fall Retreat and three 1-day events each year, and participate in a community service project. During their first year, 4-H’ers will focus on water, during their second year forestry, and third year wildlife. Graduates of the Academy can apply to be on the NRESci Ambassador Board.

4-H Natural Resource & Environmental Sciences Academy Opportunity 

If you are in 5th grade and enjoy learning about the outdoors and wildlife, this is a great opportunity for you! 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. Scholars also have the opportunity to visit natural areas throughout the Commonwealth, and learn about the diverse natural resources in our state. 

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. 

Applications are due April 26th and scholarship opportunities are available.

For more information regarding the program, please contact Alissa Ackerman at the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789 or visit:



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