4-H Natural Resources Programs
I. Fish and Forest Stewards Program; In-School and After-School Enrichment Opportunities
Our goal is to promote positive youth development by teaching life skills in the 4-H Essential Element areas of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Giving. We apply the Challenge model of Do, Reflect and Apply through our hands-on activities. By educating youth about their natural environment, studies have shown us that this can increase their understanding of not just science but other academic areas as well. Additionally, outdoor learning promotes healthier and more active lifestyles among our youth. (more information)
Our program focuses on at-risk youth in rural and urban settings while working to make linkages between the rural and urban youth. Our program is incorporating teacher trainings into our work as these programs have the power to go further than individual programs can. Currently we focus our educational goals on understanding the connection between the different parts that make up the Pacific Northwest Ecosystem while working in stewardship and outdoor experiential education into our programs.
Our program focus during the school day and after-school in a number of locations throughout Snohomish County.
Our Geographic Focus
- Granite Falls
- Sultan/Gold Bar
Fish and Forest Stewards Current and Past Participants
- Darrington Elementary and High School
- Darrington Family Support Center
- Stillaguamish Valley School (Arlington)
- Cedar Valley School (Lynnwood)
- Granite Falls Alternative High School
- Granite Falls High School
- Sultan and Monroe Boys and Girls Club
- Stanwood Family Support Center
- James Monroe Elementary (Everett)
- Echo Glen Children's Center
- In-school and After-School Basics
- Pacific Northwest Ecosystem studies: Forestry, Climate Change, Salmon, Watersheds, etc.
- Participation in Stewardship Activities
- Project WET and PLT, 4-H National Curriculum Council, USDA, USFWS, NPS
- Focus the Future Climate Change Curriculum and Cool Schools
Restoration and Educational Partners:
- Cascades Land Conservancy
- Surface Water Management (Snohomish County)
- Conservation District
- Stillaguamish Tribe, Natural Resource Division
- Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force
- Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
- Tulalip Tribe Natural Resources Department
- Snohomish County Parks and Recreation
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- Inquiry-based science
- Enhanced ability to use scientific reasoning to make predictions, investigate and critically evaluate outcomes through reflection.
- Group Building
- Develop confidence in youth, particularly in under-privileged sectors of rural and urban areas
- Life Skills development in critical thinking, stewardship, healthy lifestyles, stewardship, and confidence.
- Exposure to Natural Resources Careers.
- Club formation on area of shared interests
- Contributions to local restoration/natural resource enhancement projects that support the local watershed and community.
II. Wallace River Hatchery Tours
III. Portable Challenge Trainings