Stewardship of our natural resources is founded in actions that are learned early in life. There is a great need to expose our youth to the science of the environment using applications that excite and intrigue. Backyard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics) is an environmental science program that focuses on getting students outside or bringing the outside into the classroom for experiential learning about our environment.
Tennessee 4-H operates four 4-H Centers located throughout the state. The 4-H Centers offer a wide variety of camps and an extensive summer camping program for young people in fourth through twelfth grades. Each 4-H Center also operates science, nature, and wnvironmental education programs during the school year for schools and other groups.
Learn about fish and wildlife and the habitats in which they live. Check out outdoor sports, such as fishing and hunting, including the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Learn about forests and how they contribute to people and wildlife.
Create a project plan and record your project successes.
This lesson serves as an introduction for several concepts associated with urban forestry. It introduces the concept of a community forest, which is implemented by students who apply knowledge gained through the learning experience in a practical way.
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Service Project Ideas
- Teach younger children how to make pine cone birdfeeders
- Make and display posters about environmental science & conservation
- Set up a recycling box for aluminum cans
- Raise a goldfish with students in a day care — teach them how to care for their fish
- Teach a hunter safety course
- Have a fishing contest to raise money for a local charity
- Organize a river clean-up day
- Help senior citizens make Christmas ornaments from used items (such as bottles or light bulbs)
- Help neighbors create a compost pile sponsor a program to take kids on “a day in the woods”