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 29, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Aside from their decorating uses, pinecones play an important role in nature. Like all plant parts, they have a very specific function in the plant world.
December 29, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | Science literacy is essential for functional citizens, and school gardens can provide the necessary context.
December 29, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Planting native plants on your lakeshore can help to enhance the ecosystem by providing habitat for animals and aquatic animals. There are many resources available to help you select the plants that are best suited to your lakeshore.
December 20, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | One of the most important steps in starting a school garden is creating a budget. Some of the most crucial tools to budget for are garden tools.
December 19, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | The easiest way to look for erosion and its possible causes is to walk along the shoreline or take a boat ride close to the shoreline.
December 18, 2017 | Heather Triezenberg | Citizen scientists collect valuable information to be used by researchers, policy-makers and natural resources managers.
December 18, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | Good looking, smelling and tasting herbs can be grown in the classroom for a winter school garden.
December 15, 2017 | Steve Stewart | Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on mighty Lake Superior provides incredible recreational opportunities.
December 15, 2017 | Brandon Schroeder | Alcona first-grade students spend day learning and preparing for their part in creating library garden.
December 13, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | Natural vegetation on the lakeshore enhances fish and wildlife habitat.
Find an Expert
Jan 20, 2018 | MSU Campus, Breslin Center, 1 Birch Rd., East Lansing, MI 48824
Jan 20, 2018 | Spartan Stadium
Jan 25, 2018 – Feb 15, 2018 | William Bonifas Arts Center, 700 1st Ave S, Escanaba, MI 49829
Jan 27, 2018 – Jan 28, 2018 | Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr, Tustin, MI 49688
Jan 27, 2018 – Jan 27, 2018 | North Aurelius Elementary School, 115 N. Aurelius Road, Mason, MI 48854
Feb 2, 2018 – Feb 6, 2018 | MSU Tollgate Farm 28115 Meadowbrook Rd. Novi, MI 48377
Feb 10, 2018 | Canteen Building Bay County Fairgrounds, 810 Livingston St., Bay City, MI 48708