Welcome 4-H Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences Academy Scholars – 1st year members: Alexis Akers & Dean Frederick and 3rd year members: Reed & Tyler Brown.


Natural Resource & Environmental Sciences Academy

If you would like to apply to be a scholar of this program, applications will be available May 1st. You must be in 5th grade at the time of the application. Deadline to apply is June 1st! Please read more information in the article regarding the program.


Join 4-H Natural Resource & Environmental Sciences Academy!

Young people interested in learning more about nature and spending time outdoors may want to apply for Kentucky 4-H’s Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Academy. Soon, the academy will open its applications for its next group of scholars.

The academy is a three-year program designed to increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about the state’s natural environment. In the program, scholars receive hands-on instruction from natural resource professionals about the area’s water, forests, entomology and wildlife. They learn about Kentucky’s natural diversity in some of its most beautiful locations.

Applications will be available May 1 and due by June 1 and are open to current fifth-graders who will be sixth-grade students when the academy begins meeting in the fall. If selected, youth must make a three-year commitment to the program. Scholars meet each fall at UK’s J.M. Feltner Memorial 4-H Camp near London for a three-day experience and take quarterly one-day field trips.

More information and applications will be available on the academy’s website May 1 at https://4-h.ca.uky.edu/NRESci or by contacting Alissa Ackerman. Contact the Clay County Extension Office more information at 598-2789.


4-H Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences Academy

 

 ►What is the NRESci Academy? 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 natural resources. 

 ►When is the NRESci Academy? The Academy is a three-year commitment, and meets quarterly each year. Scholars attend a three-day residential retreat at Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center in September and participate in three 1-day events held in winter, spring, and summer.

 ►Who can apply? Applicants must be in the 5th grade at the time of the application. If selected, you must agree to make a three-year commitment to the program.

 ►Is there a fee? The registration fee is determined by your county’s Cooperative Extension Service Office. The fee includes lodging, meals and educational programming cost. Scholarship opportunities may be available.

 ►What will we do as part of the NRESci Academy? Each year of the 3-year program, scholars learn about water, forestry, entomology, and wildlife resources, and interact with experts in each of these disciplines. Scholars participate in a variety of field exercises, such as stream sampling, forest measurement data collection, wildlife observation and trapping, insect collection and identification. Scholars also have the opportunity to visit natural areas throughout the Commonwealth, such as Lost River Cave, Salato Wildlife Education Center, Minor E. Clark Fish Hatchery, Kentucky State University Research Farm, Pine Mountain Settlement School, Robinson Forest, University of Kentucky’s campus, and more!

 ►Timothy Warren Memorial Scholarship

The Timothy Warren Memorial Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the life of Timothy Warren, a graduate of the NRESci Academy and a 2015-16 Academy Ambassador from Breathitt County. Full and partial scholarships are available annually to NRESci scholars. Applicants must be enrolled as a first, second, or third year scholar or ambassador for the upcoming NRESci Academy program year at the time of application.

For more information, contact Alissa Ackerman at 606-598-2789 or email alissa.sebastian@uky.edu.

 


Members of the 4-H Natural Resource Academy toured the Salato Wildlife Education Center yesterday! If you would like to apply for the program, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789. You must be in 5th grade! Applications will be avaiMembers of the 4-H Natural Resource Academy toured the Salato Wildlife Education Center yesterday! If you would like to apply for the program, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789. You must be in 5th grade! Applications will be avaiMembers of the 4-H Natural Resource Academy toured the Salato Wildlife Education Center yesterday! If you would like to apply for the program, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789. You must be in 5th grade! Applications will be avai

Members of the 4-H Natural Resource Academy toured the Salato Wildlife Education Center yesterday! If you would like to apply for the program, please contact the Clay County Extension Office at 598-2789. You must be in 5th grade! Applications will be available May 1st.


Emma DickersonSydney Nolan

Congratulations to Emma Dickerson (left) and sydney Nolan (right) for graduating the 3-year 4-H Natural Resource and Environmental Sciences Academy! Each year, both members focused on new topics related to water, forestry & wildlife, completed many projects, traveled throughout the state, attended virtual meetings and much more. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the program!


NRESci Academy Winter EventNRESci Academy Winter Event

Pictures taken prior to Covid.