The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program engages youth in outdoor learning and connects them to the natural world. It increases environmental science literacy and stewardship among youth. Students create, restore, use sustainable outdoor habitat education sites (classrooms) on or near school grounds. Connecting schools, communities groups and natural resource agencies.
They teach small groups or assist teachers with projects and lessons (tied to standards) to increase outdoor learning & apply what students are learning in the classroom. These volunteers are involved in teaching, project planning and development as well as community outreach.
The training workshop happens in the fall (early October). Training is hands-on, interactive, and covers information on native plants and animals , habitat design, working with youth, science teaching skills, and educational resources. Additional content workshops occur 2-3 times throughout the school year.
In exchange for this training, 4-H Wildlife Stewards volunteer with classrooms to perform volunteer work.
The 4-H Wildlife Stewards program provides real world science learning outside the classroom door. Each spring a culminating event, the 4-H Wildlife Stewards Youth Summit, is held to showcase student research projects.
May 2015, 185 students in grades 1-5 worked in small teams and presented both an oral and written project to a judge and rotated through natural science experiential learning stations provided by local natural resource partners.
The event was also staffed by youth in grades 4 and 5 from the host school, who acted as emcees, greeters, ambassadors and provided tours of the schoolyard habitat to visiting students and community members. There were 51 adult volunteers that supported this event.
Youth that participate in this project report gaining skills in teamwork, research skills, science literacy & public speaking. Teachers report that this 4-H program helps students meet their writing/research/science standards.
Computer Software Project Description (ex. Powerpoint Project)
4-H Group Enrollment Form - to register a classroom
4-H Leader Enrollment Forms - for parent/community volunteers