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High School Science Academy


Applications for the 2024-2025 School Year will open in May 2024. For information on the Summer 2024 cohort, email

High School Science Academy

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 to support our vision of youth becoming inspired leaders in environmental conservation and the sciences. 

Previous lecture/lab topics include: Ornithology, Wildlife Medicine, Herpetology, Aquatic Ecology, Entomology, Beekeeping/Apiculture, Fungal Diversity, Forensic Entomology, Prairie Ecology and more!

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

School Year Programming: (Open Registration, beginning in May)

Sessions will occur once monthly during the school year on one Tuesday Evening and one Saturday per month. Tuesday is dedicated to lecture and discussion and Saturday will consist of a corresponding lab or field work activity. 

Please note, this program runs all school year. We also do two annual field trips— one weekend overnight to see the Sandhill Crane Migration in the spring, and one 5-day trip to UNL's Cedar Point Biological Station at the end of the school year. Opportunity to attend field trips is dependent on attendance to other events. 

Summer Programming: (Invitation-only registration, via JAG Nebraska)

During summers, NWR works with specific organizations on an invititation basis for a fast-tracked version of HSSA for 3, 5-day overnight trips. For 2024, this program is offered to current high school students enrolled in the Jobs for America's Graduates program in the Omaha area. Please work with your JAG instructors to apply. 



We will be accepting applications starting in May 2024.. All prospective candidates must fill out the below 'Student Interest Form' and have a teacher, counselor or mentor fill out the 'Teacher Referral Form'. Applicants must have completed at least one high school level science course and be located in the Omaha Metro area. Questions? Email