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High School Science Academy


High School Science Academy

NWRI's High School Science Academy aims 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. Past topics have included entomology, parasitology, prairie ecology, pollinators, small mammal diversity, genetics, bat biology, and much more! Enrolled students also have the option to view the great sandhill crane migration in central Nebraska each March and to participate in a 5-day fieldwork program at UNL's Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska each summer.

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.


The application for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Applications are due September 10, 2019.



The 2019-2020 schedule is coming soon!

2018-2019 Schedule

Month Topic
September 25, 2018 Orientation
October 9 & 11, 2018 Chiroptology (AKA BATS!)
November 6 & 10, 2018 Native Prairie Ecology - Management by Fire
December No session, holiday month
January 22 & 26, 2019 Science and Critical Thinking: Analyzing Cryptozoology and the Paranormal
February 18 & 23, 2019 Genome Instability and the Evolution of Cancer and Drug Resistance
March 19 & 23, 2019 Pollinators and Bee Keeping
March 30-31, 2019 Sandhill Crane Viewing Trip (Optional)
April 16 & 20, 2019 Living in the City: What Urban Nature Can Teach Us About Evolution
May 7 & 11, 2019 Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation
June 3-7, 2019 Cedar Point Biological Station (optional, 5-day trip)



Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA



2019-2020 Monthly Pages (Photos, Presentations, References and Links)