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High School Science Academy


High School Science Academy

Applications for the 2021-2022 School Year is CLOSED. Stay tuned for applications for the 2022-2023 School Year opening in August 2022!

NWR's High School Science Academy aims to give Omaha metro area 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. Sessions will occur once monthly during the school year on a Tuesday and Saturday. Tuesday is dedicated to lecture and discussion and Saturday will consist of a corresponding lab or field work activity. 

All materials are provided and students are served meals and snacks at every session. If students and their families do not have access to transportation to and from sessions, it can be provided from school pick-up points at no charge in most cases


2021-2022 School Year Schedule

Month & Dates Topic
September 25 HSSA Welcome Picnic, Dr. James Wilson | 'Critical Thinking in Science: Debunking the Paranormal'
October 5, 9 Dr. Andrew Kraemer | 'Of Paradise and Pavement: Exploring Urban Diversity'
November 18 Dr. David Harwood | 'Geology Underfoot: Rocks of Schramm Park and Global Connections'
December Holiday Break!
January 11, 15 Taylor Keen, MPA MBA | 'Sacred Seed: Indigenous Agricultural Lifeways'
February 8, 12 Dr. Amy Worthington | 'Exploring Entomology: Zombie Crickets & Robotic Cockroaches'
March 18, 19 Overnight Field Trip to view Sandhill Crane Migration
April 19, 23 Dr. Jeremy White | 'Small Mammals of Nebraska'
May 10, 14 Dr. Ted Burke | 'Territoriality and Mating Systems''
June TBA Cedar Point Biological Station- Visit UNL's CPBS for 5 days to explore ornithology, herpetology, geology and much more!