AgDiscovery students in greenhouse

AgDiscovery students in greenhouse with orchid specialist Teresita Amore.

The Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program, July 10–23, 2016, is now open for applications from students 14 to 17 years old. This unique, free summer program, hosted for the sixth year by UH Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, gives its teenage participants a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in agriculture and natural resource management, including plant and animal sciences, wildlife management and agribusiness.

Every summer, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with selected universities and colleges to deliver the AgDiscovery programs at different locations throughout the country. Students live on a college campus and learn about agriculture and related fields from professors, scientists and professionals.

CTAHR’s educators and researchers open their labs and experiment stations to the students and APHIS sends professionals from its plant protection and quarantine, veterinary services, biotechnology regulatory services and wildlife services branches. Other government agencies represented include the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and the Honolulu Zoo. From the private sector come professionals from Kualoa Ranch, Mari’s Garden, Pioneer, and more.

student in loi

AgDiscovery students work in a loʻi

Educational and exciting

Students chosen to participate in Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program will gain life-changing experiences through hands-on laboratories, workshops, field trips and character- and team-building activities.

Students in past years have learned to perform water-quality analysis, use GPS devices, identify microorganisms under the microscope, extract DNA, color fabric using natural dyes and tend to taro in the lo‘i. In addition to learning by doing, participants get to network with professionals across the agricultural spectrum and observe careers in agriculture and natural resource management.

To learn more about this unique opportunity and for a fillable application form, visit Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program website or call Charles Kinoshita at (808) 956-6997.

The deadline for applying for the 2016 Hawaiʻi AgDiscovery Program is March 7, 2016.

AgDiscovery students at aquaponics facility

AgDiscovery students on field trip to aquaponics facility

View more photos on the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Flickr site.

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