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4-H Wildlife Education

OUTDOOR PLAYGROUND -- A stream is a fascinating place to learn about nature.  (Image courtesy Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas.) 

Many outdoor educators are concerned that children spend too little time outdoors exploring the natural world. Kids today spend more time in front of a screen than ever before.

These programs acquaint youth with the outdoors and natural resources as they prepare to become the next generation of land stewards. Education is our number one goal. This is accomplished through both competitive and non-competitive programs available to local 4-H clubs and counties, state and national 4-H programs, and camps and programs at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center.

Many youth develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of wildlife and its management. Some may choose careers as foresters, wildlife biologists, enforcement officers, water quality specialists, soil scientists, or other fields that use knowledge and skills gained through natural resource 4-H programs.

 
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4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program

4-Hers learn the basics of wildlife identification, wildlife foods, ecology concepts, interpreting aerial photos, and wildlife management practices.  Senior 4-Hers apply wildlife management practices, write a wildlife management plan as a team, and provide oral justifications of their plan. 

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4-H Food Plot Project

Get outdoors and do some field work to help improve wildlife habitat. (Photo courtesy Ryan Hagerty, US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

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4-H Wildlife O-Rama

Stretch your wildlife knowledge by identifying sign and foods, and learning wildlife ecology concepts at this competitive District (Juniors and Seniors) and State (qualifying Seniors only) 4-H event. (Photo courtesy Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas.

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4-H Forestry Contest

Teaches Senior 4-Hers tree identification and measurements, and basic forest ecology.  The state winning team competes in a national event which includes tree id and measurements, plus log rolling, wood cutting, and other lumberjack activities.

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4-H Shooting Sports

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program offers several competitive events annually, including the Youth Hunter Education Contest, Range Events, and a Junior Olympic Competition qualifying event.  

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