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 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.

4-H Wildlife Steward teaching


4-H Wildlife Stewards Volunteers Make it Happen!

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.

4-H Wildlife Steward Training:

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.

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit

Habitat Tour Leaders from Muddy Creek Charter School during 2015 Summit

2016 Summit Date: May 5, 2016

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.

Habitat Tour stations 2015

Summit Projects by students in 2015The 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. 


Other important dates for 2016 Summit:

Summit Entries due: April 4, 2016

4-H Wildlife Stewards Summit Posters due: May 2, 2016

(Dates are subject to change.)

Summit Resources:

Documents for Summit Projects (updated for Summit 2015)

Summit Entry Packet (for Registered Classrooms/Schools ONLY

Complete Packet 

Entry Letter

Summit Checklist

Presentation Guidelines

Summit Entry Form - English 

Explanation Card 

Scoring Guide

Interview Questions

Project Ideas 

Computer Project:

Computer Software Project Description (ex. Powerpoint Project)

4-H Wildlife Steward Forms for teachers & volunteers:

4-H Wildlife Steward Teacher Registration

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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