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Horticultural Science Summer Institute

Horticultural Science Summer Institute

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The 2018 Horticultural Science Summer Institute is July 8-13th on the campus of NC State University. The application for the 2018 Institute is now open, please apply at

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 bet-ter 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 $550 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, most 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. Please contact Liz Driscoll, program coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | cell: (919) 886-3424 | office (919) 513-7346 for more information. Applications are due April 15th, 2018 and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. 

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

students cross pollinating petunias

taking cuttings

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NC State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Program Files

For a preview of the horticultural adventures that await, download the schedule from last summer (2017) here. View PDF

Please apply online, but download the application and mail it in if you prefer.View PDF

Download this flyer for print or digital distribution.View PDF

Download this brochure for a colorful description of the HSSI program. Feel free to hand out to interested youth!View PDF