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Exploring the Environment Project

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.

2 girls exploring the forest

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Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education. More than 7,000 4-H youth will have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performing arts, Arts - In performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Level 1 learning goals:

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.

Level 2 learning goals:

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. 

Level 3 learning goals:

Focuses on being on the trail for extended periods of time and includes clothing needs, tent setup, using backcountry stoves, basic nutrition, menu planning for multi-day hikes, personal hygiene & basic first aid.

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Traveling Trash Trunks

Three 30-minute lessons focus on the topics of garbage, resource recovery, landfills, and groundwater. Traveling Trash Trunks are filled with curriculum ideas, hands-on activities, books, music, and videos. These interactive, comprehensive lessons are designed for youth ages 5-12. Trash Trunks are loaned out at no charge. Call Ramsey or Washington County to arrange to borrow a Trash Trunk.
Ramsey County: 1-651-266-1194
Washington County: 1-651-430-6655


To get involved with the 4-H Exploring the Environment Project, contact your county 4-H office.

Rebecca Meyer, Extension educator

All resources on this page have been reviewed by our faculty and included for their educational value. No endorsement is intended or implied. Minnesota 4-H does not profit from the inclusion of any commercial project resources.

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