Love spending time outdoors?
Journey through field, forest, wetlands and urban areas to discover the wonders and mysteries of Michigan’s natural environment. Through 4-H environmental and outdoor education projects on topics such as environmental resource management, entomology, outdoor recreation and education, soils, wildlife, fisheries and marine life, you will learn about the interconnection of people and nature. You’ll also develop respect and appreciation for and a sense of stewardship toward our natural resources. Enjoy time outdoors and develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment through three core theme areas:
- Basic science and ecology
- Interrelationships and impacts
- Health, wellness and positive outdoor experiences
The following 4-H EOE project areas incorporate these themes into their learning activities:
- Entomology (Insects)
- Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp
- Junior Citizen Planner
- The Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council
- Outdoor Adventure Challenge
- Shooting Sports
Awards, Contests, Grants & Career Preparation Opportunities
Opportunities related to 4-H Environmental and Outdoor Education abound! For more information check 4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education Awards, Contests, Grants & Career Preparation Opportunities listing for 2017.
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Jake DeDecker, Associate Director of MSU Extension Children and Youth Programs
Michigan State University Extension
446 W. Circle Drive, Suite 160
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884 -5966
December 13, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Natural vegetation on the lakeshore enhances fish and wildlife habitat.
December 13, 2017 | Elliot Nelson | Don’t get swept away this winter while sightseeing near the Great Lakes.
December 12, 2017 | Mary Bohling | "Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region, Revised Edition" offers readers a glimpse into the world of herpetofauna
December 11, 2017 | Steve Stewart | U.S., Canada have each preserved lakeshores and parks of these beautiful natural resources.
December 10, 2017 | Elliot Nelson | The longest running citizen science project in the world celebrates its 118th year.
December 8, 2017 | Insa Raymond | At 4-H Renewable Energy Camp, youth learn scientific thinking, gain knowledge of environmental and energy-related issues, and build skills needed for a successful transition to college and life as an adult.
December 6, 2017 | Brandon Schroeder | First- and fifth-grade students remove invasive species from Great Lakes watershed, clean up along the Thunder Bay River -- and captured it all on film.
November 29, 2017 | Dan O'Keefe | You can be a part of this important study by donating to support student researchers analyzing stomach samples from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
November 21, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Poor lake shore habitat is the biggest problem in the nation’s lakes, says EPA.
November 21, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | As users of lakes and lakeshores, we need to be vigilant about taking care of this irreplaceable natural resource.
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Jan 8, 2018 – Jan 8, 2018 | Bay County Fairgrounds. 800 Livingston Street, Bay City, MI 48708
Jan 12, 2018 – Dec 15, 2017 | National 4-H Conference Center, 7100 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Jan 15, 2018 | Webinar
Jan 20, 2018 | MSU Campus, Breslin Center, 1 Birch Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824
Jan 20, 2018 | Spartan Stadium