2019 High School Horticulture Opportunities

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Horticultural Science Summer Institute is in its seventh year and partial scholarships are available for 4-H youth to attend, please encourage them to apply. Read below for exciting pre-college opportunities for your youth this spring and summer!

Horticultural Science Summer Institute – July 7–12, 2019

High school students are invited to spend a week exploring the many facets of the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State. The HSSI students live on campus in a residence hall, experience campus dining, and participate in workshops designed to engage them to the many career opportunities within horticulture.

Picture of Horticulture Science Summer Institute students with floral arrangements they made at camp.

HSSI students with their floral arrangements.

Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, 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 have the unique opportunity to visit NC farms, markets, greenhouses, and gardens. Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities. The camp provides a close-knit forum for students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture and NC State.

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NEW: Turfgrass Academy – April 5–6, 2019

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is delighted to invite high school youth to participate in the Turfgrass Academy on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, 2019. This is the first year of the program, and we have designed the program to be very interactive. On April 5, students and mentors will kick off the event with a dinner meeting professionals, along with interacting with the undergraduate students, while the next day is hands-on workshops, field trips, and career development. There is no registration cost to participate, however, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Raleigh, NC. For more information contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder at lori_snyder@ncsu.edu or at (919) 515-4070.

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