June 4 - 9, 2017 -- Jabez, Ky

The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program began over 50 years ago and has evolved during that time. The program is designed for high school students completing their sophomore and junior years. This weeklong experience concentrates on forest management and related subjects.

This year the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program, in addition to the traditional Forestry program, is offering an Entomology and Wildlife option. So if you want to learn about Kentucky’s forests, but are seriously interested in insects or wildlife you will get the opportunity to experience a concentrated program in entomology or wildlife while also learning about the forest. 

Throughout the week, students will see for themselves a variety of different careers in related fields beyond forestry, including civil engineering, entomology, soil science, wildlife habitat assessment, and water quality. The Kentucky Forest Leadership Program gives you the chance to learn how to think, not what to think. You develop life long learning skills based on observation, action and evaluation. Learn to think creatively, make decisions, and set goals. 

The Department of Entomology has teamed with the Department of Forestry expanding the natural resource options for high school students. Students can enroll in an entomology component spending most of the week learning the basics of entomology and the impact they create on Kentucky's forests. 


How You Will Spend the Week?

The leadership program is not a recreational summer camp. You can expect to be busy with a full schedule of forestry activities for the week, including:

• Forest measurements
• Entomology
• Fire management
• Identification of plants through the development of a keying process
• Surveying
• Soil science
• Wildlife habitat assessment
• Water quality evaluation
• Wood products

You will develop your leadership skills by working cooperatively with one another to resolve an environmental issue. Your major project for the week is a group presentation of an environmental management plan for a designated forested area. You will use the skills you learn during the course for your presentation.