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High School Science Academy


High School Science Academy

In the 2015-2016 school year, NWRI launched the High School Science Academy and it was a great success!  Thirty students participated in units in Entomology, Wildlife Medicine, Herpetology, and more. We are currently in our second year of this program, and are thrilled with this year's schedule! The aim of this program is to give Omaha high school students the opportunity to participate in college-level lectures and field/lab work, and nurture their interest in the biological sciences before leaving high school. Each month, students explore a different topic in the biological sciences. They participate in one full evening of lecture on a weeknight, followed by a half or full-day field or lab session on a weekend later in the month. All sessions are taught by university professors and are supervised by NWRI's education staff. All materials are provided and students are served meals and snacks at every session. If students do not have transportation to and from sessions, it can be provided from school pick-up points at no charge. 

Are You A Student Interested in Applying for 2017-18?

If you will be a sophomore, junior, or senior next year, and would like to apply for the High School Science Academy for the 2017-18 school year, check back on this page in June 2017 for the application forms. 


2016-17 Schedule

Month Topic
September Orientation and Mixer
October Prairie Ecology: Management By Fire
November Species Diversity and Ecosystem Health
December No session, holiday month
January Human Anatomy and Physiology
February Science and Critical Thinking: Analyzing Cryptozoology
March Parasitology
April Herpetology and/or Water Quality & Toxicology
May Pollinators
May 30-June 3, 2017 Cedar Point Biological Station (optional, 5-day trip)

Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA

2016-17 Science Academy Photos

October 2016 - Prairie Ecology, Management by Fire