Michigan 4-H environmental and outdoor education teaches youth about science and ecology, interrelationships and impacts, health, and positive outdoor experiences. As a result, youth learn to appreciate and respect the connection between people and nature.

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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:

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
Email: dedecke4@anr.msu.edu

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