NC State Livestock Science Camp

The NC State Livestock Science Camp is a summer camp experience for youth 15-18 years old. It is designed to expand high school students' knowledge of the livestock and agricultural industries and related careers.

The 2021 Livestock Science Camp is going VIRTUAL June 28-July 1, 2021 with a potential 1 day hands-on workshop July 2 or 3, 2021 (COVID-19 guideline pending). The camp will include 4 day interactive virtual programming from approximately 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday.

Camp Life

During the NC State virtual Livestock Science Camp, youth will engage with NC State students, faculty, and staff to explore Animal Science.

You will learn about the vast field of agriculture and livestock production outside of the world of veterinary medicine and participate in many hands-on activities, including:

  • Virtual visits to the beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goat and horse educational units
  • Run laboratory experiments, at home
  • Virtually attend farm and industry tours and hear from industry guests
  • Explore the science, technology and biotechnology of livestock industries
  • Participate in leadership activities

And you’ll make many new friends from all over North Carolina.

Kids work with goats

High Schoolers Experience Livestock Camp

In its first year, the week-long NC State Livestock Science Camp welcomed campers ranging in age from 15 to 18 from all corners of NC. Some lived on family farms; others had never been near a large animal.

The "Ooo's and Eww's" of Animal Agriculture

How to Apply

CALS's Carrie Pickworth at Livestock Camp.

The camp is open to high school students, age 15-18, who want to learn more about the livestock industry and potential career opportunities. No livestock background or experience is necessary, only a desire to learn.

Applicants will receive notification of acceptance and follow-up details for registration packets and payment by email. The camp is limited to 60 participants.  Please apply by April 30, 2021.

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Camp Costs


The virtual camp program with registration cost $125  for selected participants and includes 4 days of virtual programming (demonstrations, tours, laboratory experiments, and more) (No refunds after receipt of payment) The 1 day hands-on workshop will be an additional $75 (includes lunch) (Due at a later date, Covid-19 guideline pending)

Is cost a concern? 36 full diversity scholarships will be available. Scholarship priority is given to NC residents (Wake County).  NC residents who are from minority populations, low-income or first-generation college students. Additional scholarships may also be available.


Thank you to past scholarship sponsors: Department of Animal Science, NC Cattlemen’s Association, NC Dairy Producers Association, NC Sheep Producers Association, North Carolina Pork Council and County Farm Bureau Associations (Alexander, Forsyth, Chatham, Guilford, Rockingham, Wake, Transylvania, Cleveland, Caswell, Johnston and Mecklenburg).

Additional sponsorship of camp activities: NC State Animal Science Club, Agricultural  Institute and Mule City Specialty Feeds.


The camp fee covers educational resources, educator fees for hosting 4 days of virtual programming which will include guest speakers, industry tours, and farm and laboratory demonstrations. Some supplies will be sent to participants as well.


We employ about nine (9) NC State students for the Livestock Science Camp program. These young adults dedicate many hours in the spring to preparing the camp curriculum, coordinating unique events and experiences for campers, and working with faculty and staff.  Additional faculty and staff support are covered for Livestock Science Camp coordinators on nine-month contracts.


NC State University requires a minimum of one (1) staff member for every eight (8) participants for all residential programs with youth 15 to 18 years of age. Several counselors are first-aid certified each year to take care of general health care needs. The camp program also purchases a supplemental insurance policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses in case of emergency medical situations.

A secondary transport vehicle is always available during Livestock Science Camp in case of emergency.

Additional Items

Each camper receives a camp T-shirt and drawstring backpack.


For more information, email Carrie Pickworth or call 919-513-0262. Have a question or comment? Email