4-H Water Wizards

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  EXPLORE THE DEPTHS OF WATER:  FROM HOOD TO COAST… and BEYOND

4-H Water Wizards is an afterschool mentoring program focused on water resources, ranging from local watersheds to marine ecosystems.  This program uses a combination of lab, field and service learning opportunities to help raise youth awareness and knowledge of environmental resources and issues. 4-H Water Wizards also has a strong connection to academic and professional development and provides older youth campus tours, job shadows, internships and similar opportunities. Contact us to learn more!

Requirements

  • Passion, excitement, and interest! Youth should be a part of the team, have fun, and come ready to enjoy their experience.
  • Members should attend most of the classes and field trips.  We will work with members to make up missed activities.
  • Everyone is required to complete 15 hours of volunteer service.  This may sound like a lot, but 15 hours goes quickly when youth are having fun and passionate about making a difference!

Program Components

Got Science. Will Travel.  Biology, geology, botany, oceanography, ecology... Take your pick, because we've got them all! Read More

Aquatic Robotics. Youth engineer and build underwater robots while exploring the latest technology and innovations that are used in everything from researching life on the ocean floor to creating breathtaking films. Read More

Passionate About Art? Water flows through the music, art, and expressions of all societies and cultures. Join us to create a picture and give a voice to the beauty and importance of water. Read More

Make a Difference! Sustainability Matters.  Youth help others and environment by investigating water issues in their community, state, and world. Read More

Going to College? Want a Good Career? For Sure! 4-H Water Wizards is a project of Oregon State University and our partners.  Read More

Paid Internships and Special Projects. Youth will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and special projects. Read More

Aquatic Robotics

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Youth engineer and build underwater robots while exploring the latest technology and innovations that are used in everything from researching life on the ocean floor to creating breathtaking films.  

During this program youth work as a team to design and build an underwater robot called Sea Perch.  We combine Sea Perch with underwater video technology to explore aquatic environments.  If the team is interested we may also compete in robotic competitions.  

 

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Going to College? Want a Good Career?

For sure!  4-H Water Wizards is a project of Oregon State University and our partners.  Build your resume, explore academic programs and well paying, exciting careers that you may not have realized even exist.  You will have an inside track to college campuses and special opportunities.

In 4-H Water Wizards you will work alongside college instructors, scientists, and professionals from many fields.  Wildlife biologists, park rangers, nature guides, hydrologists, oceanographers, ecologists…  Those are just a few of the environmental careers making a difference in our world.  But it doesn’t end there. 

  • Are you interested in filmmaking?  Meet and learn from professional journalists and artists giving voice to peoples’ needs and water issues around the planet. 
  • Do you want a career in engineering?  Visit projects like the Oregon State University Wave Laboratory and discover how scientists are protecting the Oregon coast from tsunamis. 
  • Are you passionate about social services and public health?  Remember, water is vital to the health and well-being of our global society. 

There is truly something for every interest in 4-H Water Wizards.

Got Science. Will Travel.

picture of test tubesGot Science. Will Travel.

Biology, geology, botany, oceanography, ecology… 

Take your pick because we’ve got them all and many more.  And don’t worry, there are no long lectures. 

4-H Water Wizards is all about hands-on science, experiments and field trips in the real world.  What you learn and do matters.  It is as simple as that.

Experiments and hands-on science will reveal a world that depends on water in ways you may not have imagined.  From the importance of glaciers to deep sea mysteries there is much to explore.

Make a Difference! Sustainability Matters.

photo of hands holding a green globeMake a Difference! Sustainability Matters.

Join your friends to help others and the environment by investigating water issues in your community, state and world.  Once you’ve found an issue or problem that you care about…  SOLVE IT by leading volunteer service projects. 

Helping others and the environment is one of the most important parts of 4-H Water Wizards.  Everyone who joins the team is required to do at least 15 hours of volunteer service. 

There are many ways to help.  Are you interested in restoring damaged habitat along a stream?  Would you like to plan and lead a beach clean-up?  Are there drinking water quality issues affecting people in your community?  Or maybe you would like to work on a project supporting access to clean water on the other side of the world.  Together with the4-H Water Wizards team you will create positive change.

Paid Internships and Special Projects

In 4-H Water Wizards, you will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships and special projects. 

Special projects may include:

  • working with a watershed restoration team to remove invasive plants
  • planting trees and shrubs
  • helping solve erosion issues 

You will also have opportunities to apply for paid internships at government agencies and universities.4-H Water Wizards also provides a variety of nonpaid job shadow and internship opportunities to help you meet school requirements.  

Passionate about Art?

 Passionate about Art?

Water flows through the music, art and expressions of all societies                                      and cultures.   Join us to create a picture and give voice to the                                    beauty and importance of water.

 

 

 

 

This is an excellent opportunity if you are interested in filmmaking.  An important part of 4-H Water Wizards sharing your voice and actions with others.  We will use video, digital photography and other tools to create short films, photo exhibits and other mediums to highlight the accomplishments of the Water Wizards team and the value of water for our communities and planet.