Youth Opportunities

Growing future ag leaders.

The College of Ag Sciences and Penn Extension bring you programs like 4-H, Conservation Leadership School, Bug Camp, and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) Camp where kids can have fun, learn real ag, and develop invaluable leadership skills.

Conservation Leadership School

This one-week residential program for high school students ages 14-18 uses exploration and hands-on activities to teach participants about the world around them.

Exploring Careers in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Penn State's annual career exploration program held in the Fall for students in grades 6-9 who are interested in veterinary medicine or biomedical sciences as their future careers.

Nature Explorers: Habitat Quest

A week-long summer camp for youth entering 2-4 grades. Learn what kinds of bugs live underwater, how plants survive in the desert, and how a forest is different from a grassland.

Pennsylvania 4-H

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences

The Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences offers a four-week summer residential program held on University Park campus for academically talented and gifted high school students (rising seniors) from throughout Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Youth Institute (PYI)

The Pennsylvania Youth Institute (PYI), a part of the World Food Prize Foundation Programming, was first offered in 2017. PYI engages high school students in global thinking to address food insecurity. Aligned with the mission of the PA School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences (PSEAS) program, the institute showcases student research related to factors impacting, and more importantly, solutions for food insecurity.

The Great Insect Fair

The Great Insect Fair is an annual extravaganza held each September celebrating insects with lots of activities, games, crafts, tasty treats and fun for everyone!