Natural Resources

4-H Clubs may choose to incorporate a variety of these projects into their club program, or they can elect to focus on one specific project. All of these projects work to provide youth with the knowledge and skills they need to be local stewards of our habitat.


Through the Exploring Your Environment 4-H Project, youth experience the challenge and excitement of ecology, science, and technology of the environment. As youth experience the four elements of life they discover the connections among living things and how all plants and animals are affected by these elements. Special Ecology Opportunities.


The 4-H Forestry Project opens the world of forests to youth. At every age level youth engage in activities to learn about trees, forests, forest ecology and human reliance on forests. Youth discover forest resources near home and around the world. Special Forestry Opportunities.

Outdoor Recreation

The 4-H Outdoor Recreation Project provides youth with educational experiences related to food, shelter, Leave No Trace ethics, safety, navigation, and camp management. Activities can progress from day hikes to overnight camping trips and finally to extended backpacking expeditions.

Shooting Sports

The major disciplines offered through the 4-H Shooting Sports Projects include archery, BB gun, hunting, muzzle loading, pistol, rifle, and shotgun. This project is flexible and adaptable to nearly any audience - rural or urban. Youth learn marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, career exploration, and much more. Special Shooting Sports Opportunities.

Sports Fishing

Learning how to tie knots, cast to a target, rig a line, make a lure, and naming fish parts is just the beginning in a 4-H Sports Fishing Project. Along with all the basics of fishing, youth will discover the secrets to customizing their tackle, research fishing regulations, and respond to ethical situations related to fishing. 


The objective a a 4-H Wildlife Project is to help youth understand how our wildlife species fit into nature's scheme of things and how they relate to human activities. Learning about the intrinsic, environmental and economic values of wildlife resources help youth understand how good management can perpetuate and improve habitats and encourage an increase in wildlife populations. Special Wildlife Opportunities.