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Environmental & Earth Science

Whether you live in the city or on a farm, nature is all around you. Open your eyes to the natural world by exploring your environment. Take trips or hikes to a forest, field or stream; discover trees and bugs; learn about our earth or how to navigate your environment. Get out there!

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Environmental & Earth Science Projects

Exploring the Environment

Explore ecosystems and wildlife in a forest or your own backyard and how you can be a good steward of the environment.

Forest Resources

Explore forests and trees, what they need to grow and thrive, and how we can help conserve this precious resource.

Shooting Sports & Wildlife

Build skills in the safe use of firearms and archery and the importance of protecting Minnesota's natural resources.

Wildlife Biology

Learn about wildlife populations, diversity, the elements that impact their habitats, and how to become a steward of the land.


If you find that no single project is quite right for you, you can develop your own project. Be your own researcher, scientist, artist, communicator, and evaluator. Ask your local 4-H leader or Extension staff for resources to help create your own project area.


Learn about bugs, make a collection net or jar, and display case, explore research and careers.


Learn about the rocks, minerals and water that make up our planet.

Fishing Sports

Learn about fish species, habitats, gear, baits, lures, regulations, and careers related to fishing.


Learn about ecosystems, how to protect water quality, and the lives that depend on the state's wetlands - including our own.


4-H Cloverbuds explore and learn about the world in a non-competitive environment by doing fun activities with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers.

State & Regional Events

To view county or local club events, visit the county website.

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4-H Camp Counselor Training

Camp counselor training is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to be an effective camp counselor and leadership team member. Training topics include: role of camp counselor, theme and program development, recreation leadership, group facilitation, conflict resolution, outdoor environment and nature programming, and much more.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion.


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