4-H Natural Sciences/Outdoors

FOCUS Program 2015

OSU Extension, Benton County 4-H - Increasing Science Literacy in Youth

Our goal is to increase overall natural science literacy in youth in Benton County. Through a variety of educational efforts, community partnerships and the local support of many associated agencies and organizations our staff is engaging over 1,000 youth/year in learning about and exploring local ecosystems.

4-H School Enrichment Programs

4-H Wildlife Steward Program – for elementary school classrooms: trained educators support teachers in providing outdoor science learning.

4-H Oregon Season Tracker School Program - Climate Change Citizen Science - a collaborative project linking students with researchers through citizen science to study climate science.  Suitable for classrooms grades 4 - 12.

4-H Teen Weedspotters – Bringing Awareness to Action. An in-school and/or summer program for high school youth in rural communities –in partnership with Benton Soil and Water Conservation District and participating science teachers. 

FOCUS (Forests, Organisms, Creeks, yoU Study) - a full day field based science exploration for classrooms grades 3 - 5 at Beazell Memorial Forest. Students explore outdoors, use the science lab and address NGSS & Common Core Standards. 

Professional Development for Formal and Non-formal Educators

For Teachers and Community Educators –  science based educator workshops for teachers and community educators at a local natural areas.  

Natural Resource Educators Working Group –  The focus of this group is to provide a continuum of environmental education opportunities for youth and adults in Benton County. Created in 2004, it brings together over 30 agencies, organizations & non-profits and is hosted by OSU Extension Benton County.


Upcoming Events!

Find professional development workshops for formal and non-formal educators, activities and events for families and students.

What We Do! - a sampling of past natural resource events and workshops!

Get Outdoors Day - is hosted in partnership by OSU College Forests and OSU Extension Service (Benton County Forestry & Natural Resources and 4-H). The event encourages youth and families, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges and other public lands and waters. The goal is to “connect youth and first-time visitors to the great outdoors and support the ideals of sustainability, fitness and nutrition”.

Curriculum and Resources

Ecology Field Cards of the Willamette Valley – a five set series of outdoor educational materials, (Douglas-fir Forest, Oak Woodland, Upland Prairie, Riparian Bottomland, Wetland and Wet Prairies). Avaialbe for purchase or check out.

Educator Kits and Lending Library - Over a dozen natural resource educator kits and related curriculum (K-12) focused on local ecology are available for check out at the OSU Extension Service, Benton County. Available to public, private, and home school teachers, community educators, 4-H and Scout club leaders.

Natural Resources and Science Curriculum and Materials - Habitat Naturalist Booklets and other science curriculum information great for engaging the students in your life with the world around them!

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