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Ask an Expert - 4H and the Great Outdoors

My kids love being outside. I was in 4-H many years ago and showed animals, but we don’t live on a farm. Does the 4-H program offer any outdoor projects?
Ask an Expert - 4H and the Great Outdoors

Courtesy of ND 4H

By Adrian Biewer, M.S., 4-H Youth Development Specialist NDSU Extension Service

The 4-H Environmental Project includes many opportunities for youth to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

Our state 4-H Camp features two week-long residential outdoor skills camps for beginners and older youth. 4-H Shooting Sports is one of our signature programs and is one of the strongest in the state, with more than 500 volunteers conducting more than 350 events throughout the year. Activities include archery, air rifle and firearms safety education, as well as outdoor camps and organized matches. Club and county activities also are available across North Dakota.

For those interested in being active outdoors and getting close to nature, the 4-H Environmental Project offers educational lessons and tools for volunteers, parents and youth. Many educational trunks, such as bird watching, upland game identification and entomology, contain reference material and designed activities for youth to discover the outdoors through nature hikes and hands-on investigation. Camping and hiking also are supported with educational trunks in orienteering, hand-held global positioning systems and Dutch oven cooking activities.

Volunteer contacts and educational trunk offerings are available through your local county Extension office or county 4-H club. 4-H Environmental Project activities may be viewed on the Web at www.ndsu.edu/4h under Environment and Natural Resources.

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