4-H ExCEL in Animal Sciences

4-H ExCEL teens visit OSU Campus
4-H ExCEL teens visit OSU Campus
Teens visit with Oregon Zookeepers
Teens visit with Oregon Zookeepers



December 5-7, 2015


OSU Extenison 4-H and the Oregon Zoo are partnering to provide an exciting learning opportunity for high school teens at the Oregon Zoo.  The goals of the progra are to provide high school youth with hands on learning opportunities in

  • Leadership
  • Explopring post  high school education paths
  • Career exploration (zoology, vet science, conservation, wildlife investigator and more)

Download the 4-H ExCEL 2015 promotional flyer

Training Seminars and Activities Include:

  • Exploring personal interests and skills for future careers
  • Panel presentation by career professionals in multiple animal and non-animal careers
  • Interactive presentations with Oregon Zoo Vets and animal keepers 
  • One-day field excursion to Oregon State University to meet with OSU Faculty and current students to explore higher education options within different college departments
  • Creative ways to Fund Your Education
  • Navigating the College Admissions Process
  • Exploring your post-secondary school options
  • Building a competitive application for school admissions

Who can Participate

  • Teens in grades 9-12 in one of these Zoo programs (Zoo Animal Presenters, Zoo Teen Ledership Corps and Family Farm Program
  • 4-H members and Teens in the Oregon
  • Teen from 4-H Partner Schools

How to Enroll

  • Complete the registration process (see below)
  • Commit to a 20 -hour training program and attend all training seminars by OSU and Zoo staff
  • Pay a $40 registration fee (SCHOLARSHIPS AVILABLE)
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the December 6th  training "Creative Ways to Fund your Education."

Registration and Forms

  1. STEP ONE:  Complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION tto reserve your spot
  1. STEP TWO:  Complete the 4-H ExCEL Enrollment Packet with parent signatures and the Oregon Zoo Permission Slip.  Parents are welcomed to attend the College Campus Tour with their son/daughter.  The cost is $18.50.  Please complete and submit a Parent Registration form.
  1. STEP THREE: Submite Payment
  • Submit check or cash for $35 to: 
  • 4-H Scholarship Request: If you would like to request a scholarship to cover your $35 registration fee, please download and complete a scholarship request form and mail to OSU Extension 4-H, 3880 SE 8th Ave Portland,  Suite 170, Portland, OR  97202

Training Dates and Times

December 5th and 6th  from 9-4 pm PLUS an all day field trip to OSU on December 7th (7:30 am-5:00 pm).

Training Location

Oregon Zoo
4001 Southwest Canyon Road 
Portland, OR 97221
Getting to the Zoo and Parking

Contacts for More Information

Maureen Hosty, 4-H Youth Development Faculty

Pam McElwee , Oregon Zoo Program Coordinator, 

 Class Assignments



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