This two-year adventure-based program is designed to provide youth in grades 6-11 with intensive hands-on exploration in an area of interest associated with the outdoors.
What you'll do
Deepen your knowledge about the outdoors.
Explore career opportunities in the outdoor industry.
Learn outdoor leadership and wilderness skills.
Be able to plan and lead conservation efforts at a local level.
In the first year, you will meet through webinars, retreats and a 4-day summer trip to learn about your chosen field of interest and other outdoor adventures. In the second year, you will take the skills learned and implement a service-learning conservation project in your local area. You will have the option to showcase your project at the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 17, 2021. For assistance with registration, please refer to the event registration guide. If you are new to 4-H, please select the "In Person Camp/Event" club for your county. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact your local 4-H Extension educator.
Cost for the two-year program is $200, which includes 3 retreats and a canoe trip.
You must be able to commit to these 2022-2023 scheduled events to maximize your experience in the program:
- Feb. 19-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Retreat at Koinonia Retreat Center, Paynesville
- March 17 at 8 p.m.: Webinar
- April 23-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Retreat at Camp Tanadoona, Excelsior
- May 12 at 8 p.m.: Webinar with parents
- July 6-10: Summer BWCA trip
- Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.: Webinar
- Fall 2022-Spring 2023: Service-learning conservation project
2022 4-H OWLS offerings
Water World - We all know the important role water plays on earth, now let's take a closer look. You will engage in activities that explore water quality, identify the living creatures in our lakes and streams and learn how they can make a difference in preserving fresh water sources.
Dragonflies and damselflies – You will learn about the world of dragonflies and damselflies and how they are different, how to identify the various species and parts and learn the history of dragonflies through art and poetry.
Animal identification – You will learn how to identify animals by tracks, scat and other signs to help to understand animal behaviors and environment.