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Summer Programs

Opportunities to learn more about agriculture and life sciences start as early as age five, and we continue to offer programs through elementary, middle, and high school.

Consider participating in one or more of the pre-college summer programs in CALS.

4-H Camp

The 4-H camping experience will help youth ages 6 to 19 develop life skills in areas such as building self-esteem, responsibility, decision-making, cooperation, social skills, sharing, leadership, and teamwork. Camping offers youth the opportunity to do experiential learning activities in a setting that is not available in everyday life. They will experience positive peer and adult relationships. You do not have to be a 4-H member to participate.

Ag-Discovery Camp

Students learn about careers in plant science. They will listen to lectures, conduct laboratory experiments, and participate in workshops and field trips. Students live on campus and participate in character- and team-building exercises. For more information, visit the USDA website.


CAALS 3-D (Creating Awareness of Agriculture and Life Sciences Disciplines, Degree Programs and Discoveries) sparked from a partnership between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). The project targets the most underrepresented minority groups in the CALS student population: African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American males.

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

High school students are invited to spend a week learning the many facets of the Department of Horticultural Science. HSSI students will participate in workshops and explore career opportunities in horticulture. Students will live in residence halls, experience campus life at NC State, engage in leadership development, and enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities. Visit the HSSI page to learn more about the Horticultural Science Summer Institute.

Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL)

The NC Farm Bureau sponsors a week-long program in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at NC State for high school students interested in the agriculture industry. IFAL emphasizes career opportunities, emerging technology, citizenship, and leadership development.  For more information and an application, visit the NC Farm Bureau website.

JC Raulston Arboretum Summer Garden Camps

Summer Garden Camps engage campers in hands-on science lessons, garden investigations, arts and crafts, and fun, energetic games and activities.

Livestock Science Camp

High school students with an interest in careers with animals, particularly farm animals, but not necessarily looking to go into veterinary medicine can explore the diverse options available. Participants will spend a week living on campus, engaging in hands-on lessons with livestock at the teaching farms and campus laboratories, touring local livestock industries, and developing leadership skills. No experience with livestock is necessary! For more information, visit the Livestock Science Camp webpage.

North Carolina Youth Institute

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is delighted to invite high school youth to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute. This program is part of the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize and provides a platform for students to research and give recommendations to solve key global challenges that range from food insecurity, access to potable water, poverty, human rights and more. To participate, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor.

Poultry Science Summer Institute

Students interested in biology or a career in the poultry industry attend a four-day, four-night conference designed to broaden the high school student’s understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science. For more information, visit the Poultry Science Summer Institute website.

Resource Conservation Workshop

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a week-long intensive study and hands-on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in various conservation topics. The workshop engages students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in a field study, tours, hands-on sessions, and evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs. The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus in dormitories, attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab, and conduct field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton.

Turfgrass Academy

Students who attend Turfgrass Academy visit classrooms and research facilities, gain hands-on experience, and meet with NC State University students to learn about their major.  Highlights of the academy include: Friday featured dinner, quiz bowl, and guest speakers. On Saturday, participants meet scientists, tour the campus, turfgrass field labs, and the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. For more information about this event, contact Lori Snyder.


VetCAMP is a five-day summer camp hosted by the Veterinary Professions Advising Center (VetPAC) at NC State. Since 2011, this camp has educated students about careers in veterinary medicine and the various opportunities within the field. Camp activities include a tour of the College of Veterinary Medicine, basics of a small animal clinic, hands-on experience with horses, sheep and pigs at the NC State Animal Education Units, suture and dissection labs, meeting the NC Turtle Rescue Team, and learning about NC State majors and more! To apply, visit the VetCAMP website.

View a full list of the pre-college programs at NC State.