Benton County 4-H Wildlife Stewards Program

 Real World Learning Outside the Classroom Door

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 through engagement in research using a sustainable outdoor habitat education sites on or near school grounds.4-H Wildlife Steward teaching


4-H Wildlife Stewards Volunteers Make it Happen!

These dedicated volunteers teach small groups and assist teachers with projects and lessons (tied to standards) to increase outdoor learning & apply what students are learning in the classroom.

4-H Wildlife Steward Training:

Next Training March 3, 2018 click for information

Professional development opportunties for teachers and volunteers is hands-on, interactive, and provides curriculum and information on a variety of topics from native plants and animals, habitat design, working with youth, science teaching skills, and educational resources.

Trained 4-H Wildlife Stewards volunteers must complete an OSU application, references and a background check to work with classrooms.

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit

Habitat Tour Leaders from Muddy Creek Charter School during 2015 Summit

2018 Summit Date: Thursday May 3

The 4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit is a annual, one day youth conference held each spring to showcase student research projects.

Each year over 200 students in grades 1-5 work in small teams to research a local ecology topic and present both an oral and written project to a judge. Students them rotate through natural science experiential learning stations provided by our local natural resource partners.

Summit Projects by students in 2015The event is staffed by youth in grades 4 and 5 from the host school, who acted as emcees, greeters, ambassadors and provide tours of the schoolyard habitat to visiting students and community members. Over 50 adutl volunteers support the 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. 

Important dates for 2018 Summit:

Summit Entries due: April 4, 2018

Summit Posters & Fees due: May 1, 2018

Summit Resources for Registered Classrooms/Schools Only:

Complete Summit Packet 

Individual Packet Forms:

Summit Timeline

Summit Entry Form - English  - Download for fillable

Summit Entry Form - Spanish

Explanation Card - Download for fillable

Interview Questions

Score Cards


Presentations Guidelines

Computer Project:

Computer Software Project Description (ex. Powerpoint Project)

4-H Wildlife Steward Forms for teachers & volunteers:

2018 Nature Journal Contest  !!NEW!! Entry deadline March 1

4-H Wildlife Steward Teacher Registration, !!NEW!! online registration form for teacher enrollment

4-H Group Enrollment Form - to register a classroom

4-H Leader Enrollment Forms - for parent/community volunteers

4-H Wildlife Stewards Volunteer Hours Reporting 

4-H Wildlife Steward Funding Request 

For more information on this program contact: OSU Extension Service, Benton County 541-766-6750, or email Jody or Maggie

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