4-H National Resources and

Environmental Sciences Academy


The NRESci Academy is a three year program designed to teach youth beginning in 6th and 7th grades 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.

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have the 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 Verlene Congleton-Hacker, County Extension Agent for 4-H and Youth Development, at (606) 287-7693 to request an application and more information. 

Applications are due by May 1, 2017.

You can also visit the link below to print the application: