NC State Livestock Science Camp

The NC State Livestock Science Camp is a residential summer camp experience for youth 14-17 years old. It is designed to expand high school students' knowledge of the livestock and agricultural industries and related careers.

This year's 2020 Livestock Camp HAS BEEN CANCELED due to COVID-19.

Camp Life

During the NC State Livestock Science Camp, you will get a sneak peek of student life at NC State. You will stay in a dormitory, visit university facilities and interact with faculty, staff and current CALS students.

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:

  • Visit beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goat and horse educational units
  • Run laboratory experiments
  • 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 14 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 14-17, 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 by email or mail. The camp is limited to 36 participants.

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Camp Costs

  • The cost of the camp is $800.00 and includes five (5) nights stay on-campus, meals, field trips and workshop materials (no refunds after receipt of payment).
  • A camp deposit will be due once applicants have been selected.
Is cost a concern? Eight full diversity scholarships will be available for Wake County youth. Scholarship priority is given to 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.


Five (5) nights stay in a suite-style dormitory on NC State Campus. Typically there are two (2) campers per room in a suite with approximately eight (8) campers and 1-2 counselors. Rooms include two twin size beds, a closet, a mini-refrigerator, and a small microwave.


The Livestock Science Camp strives to provide a variety of food and ensure options are available to those with dietary restrictions.

  • Breakfast: Continental-style breakfast provided at the dorm by the Livestock Science Camp staff. Typically this includes a variety of cold cereals, breakfast bars, fruit, bagels, bread, peanut butter, jelly, microwavable breakfast sandwiches, juices, and milk.
  • Lunch: An all-you-can-eat buffet-style at one of the University Dining Halls. The meal typically includes a fresh salad bar, several hot entrée selections, Howling Cow® ice cream and milk, soft drinks and water.
  • Dinner: Options vary by day and location due to field trips. Typically dinners are “fast-food” style catered meals such as pizza, Chick-fil-A, Subway, etc.
  • Snacks and Beverages: The camp program strives to keep snacks such as granola bars, fruit snacks, etc. and an assortment of water and soda available to campers between meals during transportation times.


The camp fee covers all educational resources required to complete educational experiences both at the farm educational units and on-campus laboratories.


NC State University bus services will provide transportation for all trips to farm educational units and field trips.


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. They also are on duty 24 hours a day to ensure the safety and supervision of camp participants. 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 14 to 18 years of age. A minimum of three (3) 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 when the Livestock Science Camp program travels off-campus and even when on campus to transport a camper to an emergency health care center.

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