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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!

2 girls exploring the forest

What you can do

Level 1

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

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

Taking care your own environment.

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

Record keeping & evaluation


New to 4-H? Get involved in the Exploring the Environment project!

Rebecca Meyer, Extension educator

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