4-H WILDLIFE STEWARDS PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
The time has arrived for
schools to assess their role in helping to create environmentally sustainable
communities through wildlife habitat projects on school grounds. 4-H
Wildlife Stewards Habitat sites are a place for students to observe,
study, and take action to protect their own environment. Wildlife Habitat
sites on school grounds also provide an ecologically and aesthetically
improved landscape; the creation of a chemical-free landscape; and a
model for environmental rehabilitation and community building.
To learn how your school can develop wildlife habitats on school grounds
and at the same time promote practices that are socially, environmentally,
and economically sound, the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Project Sustainability
Program provides a newsletter, resources,
and research based education, that offers timely information on this
subject. 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member Schools complete a series of four
advancement levels. At each level, training, support, and recognition
for school wide efforts are provided by OSU Extension 4-H.
Use the following guidelines
for understanding the criteria and expectations of the 4-H Wildlife
Stewards Member School Project Sustainability Program. The goals
of this program are:
- To assist schools to understand
the expectations and requirements for creating and sustaining a wildlife
habitat on school grounds
- To reward and recognize
schools, teachers, students (Junior 4-H Wildlife Stewards) and 4-H
Wildlife Stewards for advancing their school habitat project toward
- To create environmentally
sustainable communities that promote practices that are socially,
environmentally, and economically sound through wildlife habitats
on school grounds.
There are four levels in the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Member School Project Sustainability
One: Planning Stage (PDF)
Level Two: Creating Stage (PDF)
Level Three: Sharing and Involving Stage (PDF)
Level Four: Civic Action Stage (PDF)
4-H Wildlife Members schools
must meet minimum requirements at each level in order to complete certification.
Requirements at each level are given a point value and a minimum point
value must be earned for each level of certification. 4-H Wildlife Stewards
Member Schools may work towards requirements at more than one level
at a time, however, certification for each level must be completed in
4-H Member Schools must complete an application
for certification for each level. The application will be reviewed
by a 4-H Wildlife Stewards Certification Committee. Schools who meet
the minimum requirements at each level will be rewarded and recognized.
and support for the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program is
provided by OSU Extension 4-H. To find out more about this program please contact the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Office
at (503) 916-6074 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.