Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Natural Resources Events

Penn State Cooperative Extension is again providing two quality field days for 4-H members to explore and learn about the outdoors, the Wildlife Field day and the Forestry Field Day.  For details on each see below.  For more information on 4-H and the Field Days contact Dr. Sanford Smith at 814-865-4261 (phone) or (e-mail).

There is no fee for either event, but all youth and adults planning to attend should sign up through their County Cooperative Extension Office. Please let them know which Program and Tract you wish to undertake. Volunteer Leaders, Agents, and parents are welcome to attend the field day to observe either option. Participants must bring their own sack lunch and drink, and everyone is encouraged to dress for field conditions.

4-H Wildlife Field Day - Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

A wildlife field day for fun and learning is scheduled on Saturday, April 17, 2010, (9:30 AM - 3:00 PM) at Rock Springs (Ag Progress Days Site) near Penn State. This state event is wide open to all 4-H'ers (ages 8 -18) interested in or currently taking wildlife projects. 4-H adult volunteers and parents are also encouraged to attend. There will be two program options offered concurrently at the event.  Sign-up deadline is April 9, 2010!

The first option is the "Exploratory Tract," designed for youth ages 8-11. It will include hands-on wildlife educational activities and guest speakers. This year's theme for the Exploratory Tract is "Wild Turkeys." These fascinating birds are found throughout North America, and they have many unique features and adaptations! Come explore wild turkeys and participate in lots of fun outdoor activities while doing it!

The second option is the "Competitive Tract." It will offer youth, ages 12-18, a chance to participate in a wildlife habitat evaluation contest. This is an educational competitive event that provides a great opportunity for youth to apply their knowledge about wildlife to real life situations. The Competitive Tract will also include a habitat tour. There is a project book that 4-H'ers should study before coming to this event. It is available on request through the County Cooperative Extension Office, or it can be downloaded from the web site listed below. Four 4-H'ers, between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, will be selected to attend the 2010 National Wildlife Evaluation Event.

Pennsylvania 4-H Forestry Field Day - Get Smart About Forests!

Pennsylvania?s 4-H Forestry Field Day is slated for May 15, 2010, from 9:45 AM - 3 PM at Laurel Haven Conservation Education Center, Julian, PA (near Penn State). This event is open to all 4-Hers who have taken, or are planning to undertake any 4-H forestry project. The event has two options. There is an "Exploratory Tract" for younger 4-Hers (ages 8-11) and a "Competitive Tract" for older youth (ages 12-18). All adults and 4-H volunteers are welcome to attend.  The sign-up deadline is May 7th, 2010.

Participants signing up for the Exploratory Tract will learn about trees, compass use, and tree measurement, which are all components of the Trees + Me = Forestry 4-H project. This is non-competitive, educational, and fun. No advance study is required for the Exploratory Tract. 4-Hers in the Competitive Tract will participate in a forestry knowledge and judging contest. A project book with everything one needs to know for this tract is available as a download at the web site listed below or by contacting your County Cooperative Extension Office. The top four teens (ages 14 years and up) will go on to participate in the 2010 National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia.

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