Youth Wildlife Projects
The following wildlife projects are made available through the Extension Forestry Youth program. These wildlife projects are based on fifty-one original Southern Region Wildlife Projects that were created in the 1970s by the USDA and the National 4-H Council. The wildlife projects use inquiry-based learning strategies to develop important life skills including critical thinking, wise use of resources, and communication. The wildlife projects also help youth achieve the following objectives.
- Help youth understand how our wildlife species fit together in a natural environment.
- Increase knowledge of how wildlife can be managed.
- Gain appreciation of intrinsic, environmental, and economic value of wildlife resources.
- Raise insight regarding wildlife-human interactions.
The projects are divided into two age groups; 9-12 and 13-15. Though they were originally created and marketed to 4-H volunteer leaders, agents, and youth, their use is for any educator, parent, or youth that is interested in learning and teaching about wildlife. Select the wildlife project you would like to explore below. The projects are in pdf file format and are available free for downloading. A free pdf reader can be downloaded from Adobe.
- Animal Appetites
- Beavers: Ecosystem Engineers
- Bird Furniture
- Earthworm Composting
- Fishing Bait
- Leaping Lizards
- Nature’s Footprint
- Nest Structures for Mourning Doves
- Pools of Life
- Southeastern Serpents
- Tools for Archers
- Turtle Tales
- Butterfly Buffet
- Estuaries: Nature’s Water Filters
- Farming for Wildlife
- Houses for Wood Ducks
- Hunting and Fishing Sportsmanship
- Monitoring Macroinvertebrates
- Pond Management: Good Fishing in the Balance
- Sharing Space with Wildlife
- Talking Turkey
- Urban Wildlife: Our Animal Neighbors
- Wild Game: From Field to Table
- Would You LIke to be a Wildlife Professional?
- Branching Out (youth forest stewardship activity guide)
- Download a two-page handout about the youth wildlife projects
- North Carolina 4-H Program
Need to know more information about environmental education? Here is the key contact if you need to get in touch with us.
Emphasis: Project Learning Tree, 4-H programs
4225 Jordan Hall II, NCSU Campus