4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS CONTACT INFORMATION
OSU Extension Service
Sunnyside Environmental School
3421 SE Salmon
Portland, OR 97214
4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS VISION
4-H Wildlife Stewards promote science learning and environmental stewardship among youth. They create sustainable wildlife habitat sites on school grounds by inspiring, educating, and connecting communities, schools, and natural resource agencies and organizations.
WHO ARE 4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS?
The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program is an OSU Extension 4-H program. 4-H Wildlife Stewards are trained volunteers who work in partnership with public and private organizations to assist students and teachers to create, use and sustain wildlife habitats on school grounds.
A habitat site is an area on or near school grounds that invites wildlife and provides hands-on learning opportunities for students and teachers.
Wildlife habitat projects let students learn through an interdisciplinary approach that can combine science, math, natural history, leadership skills and cooperative learning
4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS MAKE IT HAPPEN
4-H Wildlife Stewards have a respect for nature and a wish to share that respect with the next generation. 4-H Wildlife Stewards work directly with teachers and students to help make sure that the students are getting the most out of their habitats. 4-H Wildlife Stewards work in teams with classrooms and small groups on hands-on learning activities. They are involved in project planning, development and community outreach.
- Curriculum tied to science education benchmarks to support "hands-on" activities
- Specialists in horticulture, wildlife, and environmental education
- On-site training for 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member School
- Networks with other 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member Schools
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
4-H Wildlife Stewards receive 25-30 hours of training. The training is interactive and covers native plant selection, habitat design, science teaching skills, educational resources and more.
In exchange for this training, 4-H Wildlife Stewards are placed in a 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member School to perform 50 hours of volunteer work. 4-H Wildlife Stewards work in teams of at least two. Once placed in a school, 4-H Wildlife Stewards receive continuing support through the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Newsletter, periodic training opportunities, access to 4-H science education kits and curriculum, and assistance from the 4-H Wildlife Stewards staff.
A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT WILL POSSESS THE FOLLOWING:
- A love for science and a desire to help students develop science skills and knowledge
- General interest and/or background in wildlife, ecology, and gardening for wildlife in a school setting
- Flexible daytime hours
- Good "people skills" and/or experience in a school setting as a parent, teacher, volunteer or community neighbor.
- Good informational research skills
SCHOOLS ARE WHERE IT HAPPENS
At 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member Schools, students can develop their appreciation of nature and the outdoors and their knowledge about water cycles, food chains, and biodiversity.
4-H Member Schools provide a place for wildlife - from butterflies to songbirds - and a place where students can observe, study, and take action to protect their own environment.
4-H Wildlife Stewards Habitat projects help students and teachers to meet Oregon's science education benchmarks by offering learning opportunities right outside the schoolroom door.
For example, a habitat may include a streamside restoration project or a small pond and wildlife area. Students enhance the area with more native plants and develop additional sites on the school grounds. As they conduct site inventories and soil tests, the students meet common curriculum goals such as describing a habitat and the organisms that live there (grade 3) or describing the relationship between characteristics of specific habitats and the organisms that live there (grade 5).
4-H Member Schools must commit to developing a wildlife area that is sustainable over the long-term. This commitment includes:
- Enrolling participating students as 4-H Junior Wildlife Stewards;
- Organizing a "habitat team" of students, teachers, administrators, maintenance staff, parents and community members;
- Obtaining school district and principal approval;
- Identify enthusiastic teachers to participate in the project;
- Provide a meaningful volunteer experience for the 4-H Wildlife Stewards team; and
- Certify the habitat project through the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Advancement Program
4-H Member schools work in partnership with 4-H Wildlife Stewards to plan, develop maintain and sustain wildlife habitat sites on school grounds that benefit the entire community by enhancing educational opportunities for students and by saving a place for wildlife in our neighborhoods.
4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS MEMBER SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
The 4-H Wildlife Stewards School Advancement Certification program is designed to provide the guidelines, inspiration, recognition and rewards for schools to develop their project in a systematic way to ensure project sustainability.
The certification program includes four levels of advancement with 20-25 strategies that guide schools through the creation of a sustainable project. Each advancement level builds on the groundwork and strategies completed at the previous level. 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member schools receive certificates for participating students and mini-grants for purchasing science supplies when they complete an advancement level.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE 4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS PROGRAM
The first step is to fill out a 4-H Wildlife Stewards Application. 4-H Wildlife Stewards and 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member Schools are selected for their ability to provide project support and commitment to students, improve science learning and stewardship of the environment. Download the following applications and return it to:
4-H Wildlife Stewards
3421 SE Salmon
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 916-2676 (fax)