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Exploring Your Environment

(Grades 3-12)
Youth experience the challenge and excitement of exploring the ecology, science, and technology of the environment. Learn about bird watching, the four elements of life, connections among living things and how all plants and animals are affected. Youth will also develop scientific thinking and processing skills in relationship to basic ecological concepts.

Resources & Links:

2011 Earth Day Patch Contest Information:

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Fishing for Adventure

(Grades 3-12)
The National 4-H Sportfishing materials take youth on a journey that includes the old time favorites of fishing.

The interactive and experiential 4-H Sportfishing guides focus on angling skills, tackle crafting, people, fish and aquatic ecology. Even if you donate go fishing or catch any fish, you will still acquire life skills and fishing skills through each activity. Many activities can be used effectively as group activities.

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(Grades 3-12)The Forests of Fun curriculum 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.

Resources & Links:

  • State 4-H Land Judging
  • State 4-H Range Judging

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Insects (Entomology)

(Grades 3-12)
Youth explore the amazing world of insects and their arthropod relatives. They use hands-on activities to learn valuable life skills through insects found in the soil, on plants, in homes, on pets and in other secret places!

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Nature Trails

An outdoor study program designed to help you experience your environment. It provides a wide range of activities so you may select those that fit your interests and resources.

Nature Trails Unit 1 (Grades 6-7)
Provides information on autumn changes, waterfowl identification, firearm safety, feeding wild birds, managing land for wildlife, birds and bird nests, fish and fishing, amphibians and reptiles, water conservation, geology of North Dakota and much more.

Nature Trails Unit 2 (Grades 8-10)
Youth will learn tree identification, growing trees from seed, bird migration, careers in natural resources, recycling, upland game birds, small mammals, wildlife tracks, life in a wetland, wild flowers, native grasses and much more.

Nature Trails Unit 3 (Grades 11-12)
You will learn about nature's decomposers, soils, introducing new species, furbearing mammals, furbearers with musk glands, big game animals, weeping watersheds, prairies potholes, aquatic plants, waterfowl nesting structures, attracting wildlife, developing a habitat plan, homes for birds and bats, trees, forest production and much more.

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Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Skills (Grades 3-12)

This project is designed to encourage members to explore skills developed through activities and opportunities provided by the natural environment of North Dakota. Youth can learn about woodworking for wildlife and for leisure, waterfowl, wildlife and bird identification, making and designing outdoor clothing, making and using your own fishing tackle, equipment and fishing skills, outdoor cookery, learn safe and ethical shooting and hunting skills, outdoor survival, and other activities related to enjoying the outdoors in North Dakota.

Resources & Links:


Backpacking GearLoading Table
BackstopsMuzzleloading Stand
Belt BagNeck Gaiter
Bird FeederNest Structures
Bird House Plans"Pecky" Woodpecker Door Knocker
Bow Storage Case Plans

Polar Fleece Hood

Ground Quivers

Polar Fleece Mittens

Gun Rack

Sighting with a Muzzleloading Rifle

Portable Rifle Stand and Shooting TableWhistling Dakota style



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Shooting Sports (Grades 6-12) (Grades 3-12, Archery only) 

The 4-H Shooting Sports project is a hands-on program that provides education in natural resources and wildlife among many other outdoor project areas. Youth are encouraged to establish a personal environmental ethic while  exploring activities that they can enjoy throughout their life. 

Archery, muzzleloading, pistol, rifle, shotgun, and hunting are taught by certified instructors in safe environments. Competitions are held throughout the state for youth to demonstrate their knowledge and skill.  

Please contact your local Extension office for information on the 4-H shooting sports project and shooting sports clubs in your area.

Resources & Links:

Archery Information
Staff/Volunteer Information
Shooting Sports Trailers
Shooting Sports videos to check out



4-H Enrollment FormsState 4-H Shooting Sports Contest
Consent Form(Please see Events Calendar for more Contests)

Liability Waiver/Medical Release

Shooting Sports Organizations:

Shooting Sports Products:
NRA's Youth HeadquartersCrosman Corporation
National Archery in the Schools
Daisy Outdoor Products 
ND Shooting Sports AssociationBirchwood Casey Products
SD 4-H Shooting SportsCivilian Marksmanship Program
National Wild Turkey Federation


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North Dakota Shooting Sports Video


(Grades 3-12)
Level 1 introduces youth to 12 animal species and encourages them to explore basic animal concepts by studying information about the featured species. Basic wildlife concepts are introduced in level 2. Youth are challenged to observe differences between species. In level 3 advanced wildlife concepts and topics are introduced and discussed. Youth are encouraged to understand these concepts by completing inquiry-based activities.

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Interested in a project?
Contact your local extension office to enroll in the project. Some project books are available online and will be listed under "Resources & Links". Other project books and materials can be ordered through your local extension office.


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Center for 4-H Youth Development
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7251
Campus address: FLC 219
Physical/delivery address: 1400 Centennial Blvd, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 7280 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: 4-H

Last Updated: Monday, December 29, 2014 1:27:22 PM