4-H Exploring the Environment Project
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What you'll do
Explore ecosystems and wildlife in a forest or your own backyard and learn how you can be a good steward.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
Get started on your own
- National 4-H environment activity books (for sale)
- Discover 4-H environment club activity book (free download)
- Iowa 4-H environment & sustainability activities sheet (free download)
Fairs and exhibits
- Make a safety or survival kit.
- Choose one living thing in the forest, field or stream and make a display to describe its ecosystem.
- Create a display or short video about environmental pollution.
- Identify, mount and label a book of Minnesota plants.
- How can you track an animal? Make a display of animal signs, animal tracks, homes or foods.
- Do a bird study. Include beak, size, wings, feet, song, feeding patterns, etc.
- Make a collection of wildflowers growing near where you live or a place you visit.
- Find out how to control weeds while preserving other species and plants. Explain what you learned in a display, speech or video.
- Conduct a stream study. What's living in the stream? What makes it healthy or unhealthy?
- Collect news clippings and other media about an environmental issue that you care about.
- Make a scrapbook about environmental concerns in your area.
- Make a display describing the ecosystem of a pond near you.
- What's an invasive species? Where does it come from and is it considered invasive in its native area?
- Make a book or display of 10 land or aquatic animals in Minnesota. Include images, info about their habits, foods, shelter needs and their relationship to each other.
- Investigate threatened species in your area. What threatens them and what can be done about it?
- Why do species go extinct? Has that happened in the area where you live?
Future study and careers
There is a wide variety of post-high school education options for people interested in the environment.
- Earth sciences
- Environmental policy and management
- Native American environmental knowledge
- Environmental engineering
Environmental scientists and specialists work to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers or work with industry to reduce waste and pollution.
Reviewed in 2018