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High School Science Academy


High School Science Academy


Due to COVID-19, this year's High School Science Academy is currently postponed and we hope to start programming in January of 2021.  We will open the application process in late September 2020.  We appreciate your patience!

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 period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Please check back in late September 2020 for next year's application!




2019-2020 Schedule

Month Topic
September 28, 2019 Orientation
October 1 & 5, 2019 Mammalogy
November 5 & 9, 2019 Urban Forestry
December No session, holiday month
January 14 & 18, 2020 Zombie Crickets & Robotic Roaches
February 11 & 15, 20202019 Evolution & Genetics
March 28-29, 2020 Sandhill Crane Viewing Trip (Overnight)
April 14 & 18, 2020 Forensic Entomology
June 2020 Cedar Point Biological Station (5-day fieldwork trip)



Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA



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