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.
You must be able to commit to these 2021-2022 scheduled events to maximize your experience in the program:
Webinar: Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.
Virtual retreat: Feb. 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Webinar: March 11 at 8 p.m.
Virtual retreat: April 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Webinar: May 13 at 8 p.m.
Summer BWCA Trip: June 28-July 1
Webinar: Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.
Service-Learning Conservation Project: Fall 2021-Spring 2022
2021 4-H OWLS offerings
Wildlife Habitat and Conservation: Youth will learn the skills to evaluate and develop conservation plans for wildlife habitats through learning best practices and hands-on outdoor experiences.
Nature Art: Youth will learn how to tell their nature story through a variety of artful expressions. Paint, pencil, charcoal, nature items and more will all be part of this track.
Animal Tracking: Youth will learn how to identify animals by tracks, scat and other signs to help to understand animal behaviors and environment.
- Track of Knowledge learning.
- Opportunities for team building and personal growth.
- Outdoor skills building (camping, GPS, orienteering, first aid, campfire cooking).
- Exposure to professionals in the outdoor industry.
- Creative reflection activities.
- Ethical and responsible instruction in the outdoors principles.
- Introduction to 4-H OWLS and the learning experience.
- Preparing for the retreats and the summer trip.
- Service learning and conservation project planning.
- Additional resources and outdoor instruction.