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Natural Resources

4-H Natural Resources projects cover the study of our natural environment and the outdoors. Through projects in this curriculum area, you investigate the great outdoors and participate in activities that prepare you for learning more about the outdoors and our natural ecology.

By clicking on the projects listed below, you can learn more about each of these projects, the curriculum, events, related links, county fair exhibit ideas, and resources available at the state level. County and district natural resource events are listed on this page as well as links to online educational resources.

Backpacking Project Book PhotoEcology Project Book PhotoEntomology Project Book PhotoFishing Project Book PhotoForestry Project Book Photo


Projects
Adventures Entomology Shooting Sports
Backpacking & Hiking Exploring Your Environment Water
Bicycling Fishing Wildflowers
Canoeing Forestry Winter Travel
Recycling


Events 2012
Brown County 4-H Summer Camp July 29-31


Online Learning Activities & Resources

Adventures
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) - Information about this opportunity designed to teach leadership, environmental ethics, and technical outdoor skills in a wilderness envriornment. National Outdoor Leadership School

Aquatic Science


Astronomy
  • 4-H Astronomy Project - Online information and activities for 4-H youth enrolled in an astronomy project. Developed by Jeff Vogtschaller University of Wisconsin, Madison for his Sauk County 4-H Astronomy Project. Stanford Solar Center
  • Astronomy Self-Determined 4-H Project - This publication provide valuable information for any youth enrolled in a self-determined astronomy project. Ohio State University
  • Galaxy Zoo - You can help astronomers explore the universe and help classify the galaxy.
  • Hubble Heritage Information Center - Information about the Hubble project, images, astronomy resources, and more.
  • Night Sky Network - Find other 4-H astronomy clubs nationwide or other groups in your area as well as activities and resources for the amateur astronomer. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Palomares 4-H Astronomy - Online activities, project requirements, and valuable information for making telescopes and studying the solar system. Palomares 4-H, Castro Valley, California
  • Planets and Our Solar System - Learn more about the solar system. Natural History Museum of the United Kingdom
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey - Maps and images of the universe. Collaboration of institutions.
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey SkyServer - Information, science projects, and activities for youth about the universe. Collaboration of institutions

Backpacking & Hiking
  • 4-H Outdoor Adventure - Online overview of the 4-H literature for hiking, camping, and backpacking as well as the leaders guide. Penn State University
  • Dutch Oven Cooking - Publication on seasoning and using a Dutch oven. Includes recipes. Utah State University
  • Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation - Information about planning, trail conditions, and hiking the Ice Age Trail. Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation
  • Recreation.gov - Online search engine for locating federal recreation areas based on type of recreation or destination. Includes online reservations. Bureau of Land Managemnt, Bureau of Reclamantion, Federal Highway Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, Tennessee Valley Authority, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, and USDA Forest Service
  • The Great Outdoors: Hike, Run, and Walk - Online resource for hiking destinations, events, and tours in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Bicycling
  • Wisconsin Bike Trails - Wisconsin bike trail information including distance, surface, fees, and difficulty. Wsiconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Biking Guide - Dowloable biking guide that includes routes and information for a variety of self-guided biking tours in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Tourism
  • Wisconsin State, County, and Local Bicycle Maps - Information about bicycle trails in the state of Wisconsin, as well as some downloadable bike trail maps. Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Birds
  • All About Birds - Find information, photos, sounds, and more about birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Bird Sleuth - Children learn scientific investigation skills while learning mroe about birds. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • eBird - A real-time, online checklist program to report or access bird data for various states. Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter - Online access to photographs, songs, videos, maps, identification tips, and life history of North American Birds. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, United States Geologic Survey
  • The Great Backyard Bird Count - This is a four-day event that bird watchers of all ages can participate in, and it takes as little as 15 minutes per day. Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University


Boating and Water Safety
  • Educational resources have not yet been identified.


Camping

Canoeing
  • Canoe Safety Tips - Canoe safety for children. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Entomology & Bees
  • Animal Diversity Web - Find information and photos, listen to sounds, and learn about classifications in the animal kingdom. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
  • Bug Info - Online information sheets, including photos and references. Smithsonian Institute
  • Entomology: Three Body Parts - Activity guide for learning body parts of an insect. University of Wisconsin-Extension


Exploring Your Environment
  • Animal Sounds and Videos - The Macaulay Library has the world's largest archive of animal sounds and videos. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Citizen Science - A way to learn about birds, science, and conservation by participating in real scientific studies. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University
  • Exploratorium - Wide variety of online activities and exhibitions as well as educational webcasts, hands-on activities and science news. The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception
  • 4-H Eco-Challenge - Interactive activity for youth to learn more about their environment. National 4-H


Fishing


Forestry
  • 4-H Million Trees - A United States and Canada 4-H project to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide by planting 1,000,000 trees. Belmont California 4-H Club
  • 4-H Virtual Forest - Online activities, information, and identification. Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension
  • A Walk In the Woods - Education guide and activities for learning about wildlife. University of Illinois Extension
  • LEAF - Learning, experiences, and activities in forestry for youth K-12 with online identification activities. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
  • Tree Identification 1 - Jeopardy type game that includes the following categories: American, oaks, pines, the dark side, and what is that? Georgia Agriculture Education
  • Trees of Wisconsin - Online resource that includes Wisconsin tree species with photos and descriptions to help beginners identify trees and shrubs. Herbarium Cofin Center for Biodiversity, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
  • Tree Word Search - Wisconsin trees printable word search activity. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: Division of Forestry - Information about Wisconsin forests. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Geography

Geology


Home Energy
  • Educational resources have not yet been identified.


Recycling
  • Kids Recycle Page - Online games and activities plus information on composting and recycling various products. Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Recycle City - Online activities, games, facts, and more. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Worms (Vermicomposting) Game - Online information and game about vermicomposting. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences


Reptiles
  • Reptiles and Amphibian - Publication for 4-H youth enrolled in a self-determined reptile project. Ohio State University

Rock Climbing
  • Educational resources have not yet been identified.


Science Discovery
  • Educational resources have not yet been identified.

Shooting Sports


Skiing - Downhill and Cross Country
  • Educational resources have not yet been identified.


Water
  • Water Resources Education - Wisconsin online resource for publications, education, evaluation and more related to water. University of Wisconsin-Extension Water Resources Education
  • Water Resources of the United States - Searchable nation and state data and information on water resources. United States Geological Survey
  • Wisconsin Water Library - Water resources for all Wisconsin residents. University of Wisconsin Water Resources and Sea Grant Institutes


Weather
  • 4-H Grab and Go: Measuring Wind Speed - Directions for building an anemometer to measure wind speed. University of Illinois
  • Wisconsin Weather Stories - This site has weather related lesson plans and stories about Wisconsin weather submitted from around the state. Wisconsin Arts Board, UW-Madison Cooperative Institute for Meteorloogical Satellite Studies, and UW Folklore Program

Wildflowers
  • Wildflowers - Online wildflower identification by color guide. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Wildlife
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - The Kids and Educators tab will link you to the Conservation Library, Training Courses, Maps, Pictures, Videos, and more. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Winter Travel
  • 511 Wisconsin Travel Information - Information on traffic and road conditions. Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
  • The Great Outdoors: Winter Sports - Online resource for winter destinations, events, and tours in Wisconsin as well as the snow condition report for outdoor recreation. Wisconsin Department of Tourism
  • Winter Driving - Information on preparing your vehicle, driving tips, and survival kits for winter travel. Wisconsin Department of Transportation



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