4-H Natural Sciences/Outdoors

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

Increasing natural science literacy for youth in Benton County is the goal of the faculty, staff and volunteers. Through a variety of educational efforts, community partnerships and the local support of many associated agencies and organizations we engage over 1,200 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.

FOCUS (Forests, Organisms, Creeks, yoU Study) - a full day field based science exploration for classrooms grades 3 and 4 at Beazell Memorial Forest. Students explore outdoors, use the science lab and address NGSS & Common Core Standards. 

Teen Weed Spotters  Inquiry-focused invasive species program for 10th-12th grade students from rural Benton County schools. Students work with science professionals in this cooperative program between OSU Extension Service, Benton County 4-H and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District.

Professional Development for Formal and Non-formal Educators

For Teachers and Community Educators –  Professional development workshops for teachers and community educators offerred at local natural areas.  

Natural Resource Educators Working Group –Created in 2004, this networking group brings together over 30 agencies, organizations & non-profits to focus their efforts on building community around outdoor science literacy. The meetings are hosted by OSU Extension Benton County. To join call the OSU Extension office at 541-766-6750.

Events

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 - a one day outdoor learning event for youth and families that connects them to the outdoors. The event provides hands-on free choice natural resource, sustainability, fitness and nutrition activites.  Event is hosted at Peavy Arboreteum in Corvallis and is sponsored by OSU College Forests, OSU Extension Service Benton and Linn County and Benton County Health Department.

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 twenty natural resource educator kits and related curriculum (K-12) focused on local ecology are available for check out at 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!