University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


Grades 11-12

Kentucky Entomology Leadership Program

June 1 - June 5, 2015 | Kentucky Leadership Center | Jabez, KY


giant moth at the leadership centerThe Kentucky Entomology Leadership Program is a week-long, outdoor summer entomology course for high school students.  Join us for an intense week of insect collection, identification, and forest/insect ecology.  


The Entomology Leadership Program is a component of the Kentucky Forest Leadership Program (KFLP).  For over 40 years, KFLP (a program developed by the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry) has been introducing high-school students to the basics of forest management during a one-week, overnight summer program.  Participating students spend the week investigating an 80-acre plot of woods using real life forest-management techniques.


students search for arthropodsSince 2004, the Department of Entomology has teamed with the Department of Forestry to expand KFLP by adding Entomology to the mix.  Now, the program is known as KFELP: The Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program. Students who enroll in the entomology component spend most of the week learning the basics of entomology and surveying the impact of insects in the same 80-acre plot of woods that is being investigated by the forestry students. At key points during the week, the entomology and forestry students share their findings and work together to solve real-life forest management problems.



This program is open to high-school students entering their junior or senior year with an interest in biology, ecology, forestry, or entomology. The total cost is $375, including a $50 application fee. This fee includes food, dorm-style lodging, materials, and instruction. For more information, download the complete Summer 2015 PDF application.


Out-of-State Applicants

Non-Kentucky applicants are encouraged to apply and several have attended in the past. All fees and application requirements are the same for out-of-state applicants.



Visit our Kentucky Entomology Leadership Program image gallery to see photos from the program.


To learn more about the Forestry component of Leadership Program, and to see more pictures and feedback from past students, visit the main website at:


Media Coverage

The College of Agriculture Communications News Service has written two recent articles about the program:


Lasting Impact

In 2005, participant Lydia Thomas (a senior from Shelby County) contributed a web page on Stag Beetles for our Kentucky Critter Files while she was enrolled at the leadership program.  The page receives about 8,000 visits per year.  Future participants will also have the opportunity to create similar web pages.  See Lydia's Stag Beetle page here:


Tyler Nelson, a 2007 & 2008 KFELP alumnus, and current University of Kentucky student, is now a nature instructor at Camp Shalom, an annual summer camp sponsored by the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation (CKJF).  At Camp Shalom, Tyler teaches Teva, a Hebrew word for nature.  In Teva, Tyler uses skills that she learned at KFELP to teach younger children about entomology and water-quality investigation, among other topics.  In fact, Tyler isn't just a Teva instructor, she is the founder.  Teva did not exist as an autonomous discipline at Camp Shalom before 2007, when Tyler created it.  Read more about Tyler, Teva, and the KFELP connection in this 2009 article written by Katie Pratt.  Read more about Camp Shalom at the CKFJ homepage



For more information about the Kentucky Entomology Leadership Program, contact:
  • Blake Newton
    University of Kentucky
    Extension Entomology
    S-225 Ag. Sci. North
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    859.257.7453  |