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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.

Boy with pelt on head

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. There is no telling what may show up in your plot!

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Two girls looking at wildlife artifacts on table top

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. 

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4-H Forestry Contest

Learn about tree identification, measurements, and basic forest ecology.  The Senior 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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Archery targets by Mary Hightower

4-H Shooting Sports

Junior and Senior participants learn gun and archery safety with opportunities to compete at state and national events. Contact your local county Extension office for more information.  

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Blue Indigo Bunting held between fingers, photo courtesy of Eileen Horbaker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wildlife Careers

Interested in becoming a wildlife professional? Examples include wildlife biologist, naturalist, communications specialist, enforcement, researcher...... the options go on and on!

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