Exploring the Environment
Explore forests, fields or streams, ecosystems, wildlife and biodiversity, "leave no trace" camping and hiking skills, and how to be a good steward for the environment. New to 4-H? Get involved in the Exploring the Environment project!
What you can do
Focuses on environmental stewardship and sustainability and issues such as transportation choices, waste management, composting, recycling, and natural resources.
Learn about shelter selection, Leave No Trace camping skills, outdoor cooking and environmental awareness and appreciation.
An introduction to ecosystem services and explores topics including pollination, soil, provisioning services, and ecotourism.
Learn about clothing needs, packing a daypack, reading topographic maps, and orienteering skills.
Taking care your own environment.
- Establishing and Maintaining a Prairie Garden
- Structures for Backyard Composting
- Backyard Composting
What you'll need to know if you'll be on the trail for extended periods of time, including clothing needs, tent setup, using backcountry stoves, basic nutrition, menu planning for multi-day hikes, personal hygiene & basic first aid.
For adult leaders
- Exploring Your Environment - Facilitator Guide
- Outdoor Adventures - Helper's Guide
- Outdoor Adventures full curriculum
Record keeping & evaluation
- 4-H youth record keeping - Reflect on your project and share it.
- How your project will be judged at the fair (PDF)