What you'll do
Discover Minnesota's diverse wildlife habitat in prairies, forests, wetlands or your own back yard. Learn about wildlife populations, diversity, what impacts their habitats, and how to become a steward of the land. Activities may include tracking wildlife, building nesting boxes and exploring careers such as wildlife biologist or naturalist.
4-H wildlife biology events
An adventure-based program designed to provide youth in grades 6-11 with intensive hands-on exploration of an area of interest associated with the outdoors.
Levels of learning
Get started with 4-H'ers in your area
Get started on your own
- Wildlife science activity books from National 4-H (for sale)
- Environment and Sustainability Hot Sheet from Iowa 4-H (free download)
Fairs and exhibits
- Explain some factors that threaten or endanger animals species. Or explore a species that went extinct and why it happened.
- Build a bird or bat house, nesting structure, hibernaculum, animal shelter or feeder
- Show a photo you took, a sketch you drew or a poem or story you wrote about your favorite wildlife encounter
- Display a collection of wildlife scat (droppings), skulls or skins. How do they differ? Why?
- Show how wildlife can be classified into herbivores, carnivores or omnivores
- Write a wildlife landscape habitat plan
- How does a wild animal camouflage itself? How does camouflage differ from one habitat to another?
- Make a display that explains What is the food chain?
- Explain the life cycle of your favorite wild animal in a video, poster or display.
Future study and careers
Reviewed in 2020