2021 Horticultural Science Summer Institute

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Horticultural summer institute
Horticultural Science Summer Institute, June 21-24, 2021

Join NC State University’s Department of Horticultural Science for an exploration of horticulture through a virtual program this summer that includes hands-on live workshops, do-it-yourself activities, videos, and more.

We will dig into topics like plant propagation, plant identification, garden design, growing fruits and vegetables, and much more. This year’s program is virtual, but will include a box full of the supplies you need to really engage in learning about horticulture.

Each day there will be a live Zoom session (that will also be recorded) focused on a favorite horticultural topic. Youth will also have the opportunity to delve into asynchronous material to further fuel their passion for plants. Youth will be able to access the material all summer long through our program website.

To register for the virtual 2021 Horticultural Science Summer Institute, visit Eventbrite.

For any questions, please contact Liz Driscoll, program director, at: liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu | 919-886-3424


Check back for in-person programming next summer, 2022.

Usually Hort Camp looks like this: High school students are invited to spend a week at NC State University climbing trees, grafting tomatoes, snacking on raspberries, discovering new genes and so much more. The Horticultural Science Summer Institute is a residential, hands-on, pre-college program designed to engage youth into the many career opportunities within horticulture. Students will dig into workshops led by faculty, staff, and students on topics ranging from breeding better vegetables, propagating ornamental shrubs, 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 visit unique and innovative North Carolina farms, markets, greenhouses, and gardens. Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development, enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities, live in a campus residence hall with campus dining. The camp provides a close-knit forum for high school students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture.

Any high school student with a career or hobby interest within the field of agriculture and horticulture are encouraged to apply to the summer institute. The cost for the week is $650 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, nearly all the meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment. There may be some scholarships for underserved youth and participants with financial need, or payment plans can be arranged. If traveling from out of state, pick-up at Raleigh-Durham airport can be arranged with camp staff. Applications will be open next January for the 2022 program and we will accept them on a rolling basis.

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Please contact Liz Driscoll, program coordinator at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu | cell: (919) 886-3424 | office (919) 513-7346 for more information.

Read all about the inaugural (2012) Horticultural Science Summer Institute!

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