KFLP is offering an Entomology option in addition to the Forestry and Wildlife options. This option is for the student that has a serious interest in learning more about Kentucky’s insects and their impacts on the states’ forests. Students enrolled in the Entomology option will not only learn about insects but will also complete a survey of the insects in the same 80-acre forest plot that is being investigated by the Forestry and Wildlife students. At key points during the week, the Entomology, Forestry, and Wildlife students will share their findings and work together to solve real-life forest management problems while creating a forest management plan.  Students are busy from dawn ‘til dusk (and beyond) during the program. The major project for the week is an investigation of impacts that insects have on the forest that surrounds the Leadership Center. The full schedule of activities for the week will also include:

  • Insect identification and collection
  • Aquatic habitat investigation
  • Tree identification
  • Water quality evaluation
  • Kentucky wildlife
  • GPS and GIS (computer mapping)

The Entomology students will also get the opportunity to learn about careers in the entomology field as well as college degree options such as Entomology, Forestry, Wildlife, Forestry and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Students will work with entomology and forestry specialists from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service along with experts from the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Kentucky Division of Conservation. This team of professionals will work with students throughout the week as they develop their ecological investigation and other projects.

For more information or questions about this option, contact Blake Newton (blaken@uky.edu) or 859.257.7453.