The 4-H Outdoor Wilderness Leadership and Service (OWLS) Program is an adventure-based program 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, youth will meet through webinars, retreats and a 4-day summer trip to learn about their chosen field of interest and other outdoor adventures. In the second year, youth will take the skills learned and implement a service-learning conservation project in their local area. Youth will have the option to showcase their project at the Minnesota 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Invitational.
Youth must be able to commit to these 2020-2021 scheduled events to maximize their experience in the program:
Webinar, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.
Retreat, Feb. 15-16, Camp Koronis, Paynesville
Webinar, March 10 at 8 p.m.
Retreat, April 25-26, Camp Wilderness, Park Rapids, MN
Webinar, May 12 at 8 p.m.
Summer BWCA Trip, June 17-20, Northern MN
Webinar, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m.
Service-Learning Conservation Project, Fall 2020-Spring 2021.
2020 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.