Horticultural Science Summer Institute

When:  July 8-13th, 2012

Through North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Program with the Department of Horticultural Science.

High school-aged youth (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) are invited to apply to a new week-long, residential horticultural experience on the campus of NC State University. Youth will have hands-on opportunities to explore a broad range of horticultural possibilities from breeding better fruits and vegetables, growing a diverse selection of woody ornamentals, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production practices and delving into tools that enhance our understanding of plant production processes. Participants will visit a variety of horticultural businesses.  Youth will also be introduced to career possibilities, college-making decisions and leadership development.

The cost of the institute will be $500 with a $150 deposit due upon application acceptance. Scholarships may be available.

Click here to submit an application! Applications due by May 21, 2012.   http://go.ncsu.edu/hssi 

Tentative Schedule
Sunday, July 8th
Afternoon Registration (Tentatively Bragaw Hall), Cookout and Keynote opening

Monday, July 9thOrnamental Plants (visit to JC Raulston, plant identification, plant propagation, cut flowers, nursery) Evening activities: team-building, campus exploration

Tuesday, July 10th
Vegetables (vegetable production, breeding, food safety, farm tour) Evening: garden movie screening

Wednesday, July 11th
Fruits and local foods (fruit production, tasting, grafting, food systems, farmer’s market) Evening: tentative entertainment? Concert in the park, hike, etc.

Thursday, July 12th
Landscape Design and Consumer Horticulture (landscape design, water-wise gardening, rain gardens, IPM, home garden tours) Evening: Cookout, games, presentation editing

Friday, July 13th
Career reflections, college decisions, Parent luncheon

For more information: http://go.ncsu.edu/hssi-2012

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