Natural Resources


Select your own “Naturespace” and conduct an inventory of its environmental and ecological features. Explore habitats, populations and relationships through a variety of hands-on activities. Discover the concepts common to most nature projects.


Learn about the birds in your area, how to identify birds, how birds live in their environment and in the world of humans, their territorial behavior, migration patterns, building bird feeders and houses, banding birds, endangered species and game management.


Learn how to identify fish, select fishing sites, ice fish, prepare fish for the table, mount fish, and fish safely. You will also learn rules and regulations for fishing, selection and care of fishing equipment, using natural and artificial lures, keeping a fishing journal and how to read lake maps.


Learn how to identify insects, why insects have different colors, shapes, sizes, mouth parts and legs, how to collect insects, what insects need to live, control of insect pests and about entomology-related careers.


Learn how to identify trees as they change through the seasons, how and where trees grow, how to measure the height of a tree, how to read a tree stump, identification of tree ailments, products from trees, making maple syrup and forestry-related careers.


Learn how to identify wildflowers, where they grow, their life cycles, what they eat, and who eats them. Discover how humans affect wildflowers and how they change our lives. Plant collecting, labeling and mounting are included in this project.


Goals of this project are to help you appreciate wildlife as a resource. Topics include identifying wildlife and their foods, interpreting wildlife habitat from aerial photographs, wildlife management practices and their effect on wildlife, and developing a wildlife management plan.


Discover camping opportunities. Learn how to camp safely in all weather conditions, investigate camp equipment and clothing, develop wilderness manners, improve your observation skills, cook a meal on a portable stove or campfire, help develop and maintain a hiking trail and more.

Winter Travel

Discover the joys of silent winter travel on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Select and care for equipment and clothing, experience a winter over night camp out, see how plant and animals prepare for winter, track animals in the snow, design a cross-country ski conditioning program, make a winter shelter and more.

Boating and Canoeing

Learn how and where to boat and canoe safely. Select and care for equipment, explore aquatic environments with all your senses, plan a canoe camping trip, design and build your own paddle, navigate a river, practice boating ethics and more.


This project covers the fundamentals of archery marksmanship and safety; understanding and making archery equipment; shooting form; shooting with sights- shooting compound bows; and target archery games.


This project is an introduction to pistols, revolvers and ammunition- dry and live firing- and sighting; safe handling and carrying of your pistol; and caring for your pistol.


This project is an introduction to the rifle; dry firing; sighting; shooting for scores and scoring targets; standing, kneeling, sitting and prone positions; safe handling and carrying of your rifle and caring for your rifle.


This project is an introduction to the history, philosophy and laws of hunting. You will learn how to plan and equip yourself for a safe hunt.


This project presents basic shotgun knowledge; safe shotgun handling- shooting fundamentals; firing the first shots; and caring for your shotgun.


In this project you will Learn about muzzleloading history. Become familiar with muzzleloading arms and accessories- safety; shooting and cleaning muzzleloading rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Contact 4-H Youth Development for more information.
Phone: (920) 459-5903