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:
Nick Baumgart, Extension Educator
Environmental & Outdoor Education & Shooting Sports
Michigan State University Extension
527 Stephenson St.
Norway, MI 49870
September 5, 2017 | Kristine Hahn | School gardens can provide social and emotional health benefits to both students and teachers.
September 5, 2017 | Emily Proctor | Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Middle School launched their first ever “Boat to School” week with hands-on culinary and fisheries educational activities.
September 5, 2017 | Mark Breederland | Seasonal decline begins - lakes will lose more than a trillion gallons of water.
August 23, 2017 | Dan O'Keefe | It doesn’t make for sensational headlines, but charter fishing has been a consistent part of coastal tourism despite recent ups and downs in fishing success.
August 23, 2017 | Dan O'Keefe | After the gloom-and-doom of 2016, anglers are gearing up for a much better run of salmon in 2017. Recent trends in the fishery suggest that ups and downs may be the new norm if prey populations do not stabilize.
August 23, 2017 | Frank Cox | If you enjoy the parks, explore it as a career.
August 18, 2017 | Melissa Elischer | Learn about the upcoming solar eclipse and how to safely view it.
August 15, 2017 | Dan O'Keefe | A threatened fish called the River Redhorse is the latest subject of the Native Fish Heroes poster series.
August 9, 2017 | Dan O'Keefe | Researchers are trying to learn more about what trout, salmon, and walleye are eating in lakes Huron and Michigan. Anglers can help by donating stomachs from their catch.
August 3, 2017 | Tracy Trautner | Don’t let safety be a reason to not get out and explore nature with children.