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
November 6, 2013 | Judy Ratkos | Thousands of teens across Michigan increase college interest and readiness through 4-H Exploration Days participation.
November 6, 2013 | Melanie Chiodini | Youth problem solving, critical thinking and decision making inspired by local fruit.
October 28, 2013 | Steve Stewart | Teaching Great Lakes Science and Great Lakes FieldScope are two new online tools to learn more about our Great Lakes at home or in the classroom.
October 28, 2013 | Brandon Schroeder | Alpena High students test their chemistry skills in researching plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, while gathering data, raising awareness, and exploring possible solutions toward this issue of pollution.
October 24, 2013 | Judy Ratkos | Science teachers can apply for hands-on professional development opportunity at 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp.
October 14, 2013 | Brandon Schroeder | Oscoda Middle School students take their studies to the shores of Lake Huron, adopting a local beach to enhance Great Lakes habitats and their local community.
October 3, 2013 | Brandon Schroeder | Youth Watershed Summit Report reflects contributions of nearly 200 students from across Northeast Michigan counties to share their watershed studies and stewardship projects.
September 30, 2013 | Darren Bagley | Teach young children about science by eating wild foods! There is a bounty of things you can eat in your backyard or a local park.
September 25, 2013 | Lisa Tams | Not all functions of the brain are fully developed in the early stages of adulthood.
September 23, 2013 | Dixie Sandborn | Saving seeds is a great way to teach kids about sustainability and how early pioneers and farmers grew their crops from their own seed.