OSU Extension Service
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Corvallis, OR 97333
The Youth Summit is a time for Member schools to share their hands-on natural resource educational projects. Trained volunteers work with students to create, use and sustain an outdoor habitat education site for enhanced science, math, art and literature education on their school grounds. These volunteers work with teachers and parent volunteers to provide a place for students to participate in hands-on, inquiry based learning. The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program is an Oregon State University Extension Service 4-H program. For more information contact: OSU Extension Service, Benton County 541-766-6750.
Summit Date: May 7, 2015
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.
On May 7, 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.
The 4-H Wildlife Stewards program is an OSU Extension Service 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 education site is an area on or near school grounds that invites wildlife 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 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 with classrooms and small groups to give students an opportunity for experiential, place-based learning activities. These volunteers are involved in teaching, project planning and development as well as community outreach.
4-H Wildlife Stewards receive 24 hrs of training. The training is hands-on and interactive and covers information on native plant and animals , habitat design, working with youth, science teaching skills, and additional educational resources.
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.
Computer Software Project Description (ex. Powerpoint Project)
4-H Wildlife Stewards Volunteer Service Application
4-H Wildlife Stewards Member School Application