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

Many 4-H project areas and camps incorporate these themes. Explore the links on the right to learn more.

 


4-H Wild Spartans Series explores science careers.

 

 

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Click here to learn more about the Wild Spartans wildlife career exploration series.

 

Join 4-H staff as we take a look into life working with fisheries and wildlife! Follow along as we climb through bogs, peer into bear dens, mist net songbirds, snorkel for fish, or perhaps even tag deer. Meet researchers, learn about their field work, and the education and career path they've followed to get there. Find details and Wild Spartans recordings here

Registration required: https://events.anr.msu.edu/wild_spartans/ 
Upcoming Programs: 

  • Science in Zookeeping and Conservation, with Caitlin Mack, MSU graduate researcher
  • Invasive Species and I: A Scientist’s Tale of Working with Wildlife From Elsewhere, featuring MSU Researcher, Taylor Haas

 


 

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.

Contact

For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:

Laura Quist
Phone: (231) 779-9480
Email: Quistla1@msu.edu