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"Developing the Next Generation of Natural Resource Stewards"

About the Program

Tuskegee University Pre-College Summer Programs in Forestry, Natural Resources and Related STEM Areas:

For decades, Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences has been committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability.  With this mind, in 2016 TU launched three summer programs for students interested in forestry, natural resources and related STEM areas, including the Forestry and Natural Resources Tuskegee Research Enrichment Kamp Summer Institute (FNR-TREK), which will be held on June 2-15, 2024.  The program creates an awareness of the educational and career opportunities that are available in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics and related areas through hands-on research, leadership development and personal enrichment activities with an emphasis on climate change and sustainability. Applications are currently being accepted through April 5th, 2024​ by which time all application materials must be received for priority consideration..

FNR-TREK Overview

The College of Agriculture, Environmental, and Natural Sciences (CAENS) invites high school students to partake in Forestry & Natural Resources Tuskegee Research Enrichment Kamp (FNR-TREK) Summer Institute, a two-week long summer program experience for high school students who wish to focus on forestry and natural resources at Tuskegee University. Through fun tactical learning and experiencing nature firsthand, participants receive a window of opportunity to further understand the importance of professionals in natural resources sciences, including forestry, wildlife, fisheries and aquatics. FNR-TREK is designed to train participants in activities associated with forestry protection, management, and viable use of ecosystems in a fun and engaging environment for students chosen to participate.

FNR Day Camp Overview 

Tuskegee University has given the green light for eager high school students to participate in the Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Day Camp. This nine-day summer adventure focuses on training underrepresented minority youth through teambuilding and experiential learning to become more aware in fields that will impact natural resource conservation, such as forestry. As the students take part in academic and healthy, fun outdoor exploration experiences, they will understand more career opportunities and possibilities in fields needed to meet natural resource conservation challenges of the 21st century and beyond. As teachers play a critical role in student education, there will also be a two-day workshop where K-12 educators can also take part in the FNR Day Camp. Through training, they will be introduced to forests, ecology, and natural systems and other areas as well as how to use public lands for outdoor classrooms to perform various activities that can be done in the classroom and in the forest to engage students in applying action plans to make communities greener through conservation and restoration of natural resources.

GREP Program Overview (Not Available in Summer 2024)

The Geospatial Research and Education Program (GREP) at Tuskegee University will grab the attention of high school students interested in careers using geospatial research! The geosciences, especially geography, is more than being able to name all the countries in the world. Participants will be introduced to real life applications of geospatial skills and awareness by applying geospatial technology to explore humanity, places, and developments of the earth and environment. The GREP Program combines a mixture of classroom, campus, and field trips, along with technical and career skills as participants will gain a talent in geographic thinking for research, education, and public service. Two weeks of hands-on education, research activities, present small projects will help students put into practice their newly acquired skills and expose them to the basic principles of geospatial research and related fields.  Learn more about the Tuskegee University Geospatial and Climate Change Center which hosts this program HERE. Please note that the center also offers a summer program for teacher from high schools and community colleges.  Learn more about the Geospatial Education and Training (GET) program for teachers HERE.

FNR Program Brochure

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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Individuals can access the online application for the FNR-TREK program (9-12th graders) below. ALL applications submit the completed application and supplemental documents by the deadline for priority consideration. Selectees will be notified on or before April 5th. 

PLEASE NOTE:  FNR Day Camp and GREP will not be offered for Summer 2024.  

FNR-TREK programs will be held on June 2-15th, 2024.

Become a Counselor

The program counselors are essential for the success of these summer programs.  Counselors for these programs include current college students or recent college graduates.  Counselors work with the programs’ staff to facilitate activities throughout the duration of the program period.  The chosen individuals should have a strong history of leadership skills.  Counselors are available 24/7 throughout the program and must complete a one-day counselor training session prior to the start of the program. 

Interested individuals should submit the Summer Institute Counselor Application and Reference Forms with supplemental documents by April 1 annually to Tiffany Williams, 103 Mary Starke Harper Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088.  Individuals selected for these positions will be eligible to serve as counselors for other summer programs hosted by the Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences.

To be considered, please complete and submit the Counselor Application and Counselor Reference Letter.  Remember, application deadline is April 5th.


The Who can apply?
FNR-TREK Summer Institute and GREP:  Students in grades 9th – 12th and returning to high school the Fall semester following the program are eligible to apply for the both of these programs.  Individuals MAY NOT participate these programs as well as the AgDiscovery program or the Agri-TREK/Sci-TREK Summer Institute at Tuskegee University during the same summer.

FNR Day Camp:  Students aged 12-14 years or who have completed the 7th or 8th grade (as of May 31 of the program year) are eligible to apply for the FNR Day Camp.  

Where do I get an application?
Click the “How to Apply” link on the left of the page.

How much does it cost to attend?
These programs are both FREE; however, participants are responsible for their own transportation to the program on the start date and departure from the program on the end date at the time designated for the program.  Participants may be eligible for a small stipend (up to $200).  

Is travel provided?
Travel to/from the program IS NOT provided.  All parents (guardians of) participants are responsible for dropping off and picking up the participating scholars at the designated times.  Participants receive a small stipend (up to $200) to help defray the costs of travel to the program location (Tuskegee University).

Where will participants be housed?
Participants will be housed in the dormitories on the Tuskegee University campus during the program.  Program counselors will be housed with the program participants.

Can I bring a car?
Participants MAY NOT bring a car to the program and are required to be transported in by modes provided by the program. 
What about medical coverage?
Program participants ARE NOT covered by the standard Tuskegee University medical coverage and must provide copies of insurance and a parent/guardian must sign a waiver permitting program staff to seek medical assistance for the scholars as needed prior to the start of the program.

What should I bring?
Participants are encouraged to bring any items, which they deem necessary to make them comfortable; however, a standard list is provided below.
Items to Bring

  • Bedding for a twin sized bed, including a blanket/comforter, sheet sets, etc.
  • Pillow(s) & pillow case(s)
  • Towels & washcloths
  • Disinfectant & air freshener
  • Bathroom Cleaning Supplies
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste/brush etc.)
  • Shower shoes (flip-flops) & Cap
  • Clothes hangers
  • Telephone
  • Iron/ Ironing board
  • Desk lamp
  • Alarm clock
  • Small throw rug
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable clothing, including at least one “dressy” outfit
  • Comfortable shoes, including sneakers/tennis shoes

Other Suggested Items
Recreational games and entertainment (Bring at your own risk!), snacks for dorm room and/or snack money for field trips, fan, power surge/strip.
Items NOT Allowed
Microwaves, hot plates, electrical grills, toasters, other heating appliances, extension cords, pets, candles, incense, and furniture.

When does the program begin and end?
In general, the program will take place in June or July with the FNR Day lasting for ~7 days and FNR TREK and GREP lasting for ~14 days. Please visit the program website to find out more information on the program dates.
How do I get directions to Tuskegee?
Please visit the following website to obtain driving directions
Will I have to pay for meals during the program?
While housed in the university dorms, participants will also be provided a meal plan (three meals/day).  Meals will also be provided during field trips.  Scholars may purchase snacks from the snack bar each evening (items generally cost $.50-$1.00).

Are handicapped facilities available?
Yes, Tuskegee has reasonable accommodations and services which may include buildings which are handicapped accessible.  Services may include extra time for exams, special seating arrangements, a class note taker, extended time for papers/projects, frequent one-on-one conferences, and/or alternate format materials (i.e. taped recorded classes, taped texts, etc.).  Accommodations and services are designed to meet each individual’s needs.

When will I know if I have been accepted to the program?
Applicants will be notified no later than May 15 of their acceptance status, which will include accepted, alternate, or denied.  Selected applicants will have 48 hours to accept their position. A negative response or lack of response within that timeframe will result in the invitation of an alternate.
How many participates will be accepted?
A minimum of 12 participants will be selected for the FNR TREK and an additional 12 for GREP each year.

Program Contacts

Forestry and Natural Resources Day Camp
Forestry and Natural Resources TREK Summer Institute

Dr. Rashidah Farid, Program Director
Phone:   334-727-8625

Demetria Jones-Williams, Administrative/Program Assistant
Room 205
Mary Starke Harper Hall
Phone: (334) 727-8453

GREP Program
Dr. Joseph Essamuah-Quansah, Program Director
Phone:   334-727-8419

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