4-H Wildlife

AgentJennifer K. Terrell
District Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development
Southwind District – Erie Office
620-244-3826

 

Kansas wildlife is a large part of our state ranging from buffalo to birds to fish to deer and more. In this project youth will learn about wildlife behavior, habitat requirements, how wildlife species fit into nature’s scheme, how they are managed, and how they relate to humans.

To learn more about the 4-H wildlife project there is 4-H Curriculum that can be purchased. Here is a breakdown of what youth can learn at ages and stages:

Ages 7-8:

  • Characteristics of reptiles and amphibians

  • What is habitat

  • Unique features of birds

Ages 9-11:

  • Characteristics of reptiles and amphibians

  • What is habitat

  • Unique features of birds

Ages 12-14:

  • Characteristics of mammals, carnivores and omnivores

  • Significance of wetlands

  • Protective coloring of wildlife

Ages 15-18:

  • How wildlife adapt to urban environments

  • Effect of humans on wildlife habitat

  • Learn about the prairie as an ecosystem

In addition to the curriculum, youth are also encouraged to reach out to professionals within the wildlife industry to learn more. Each year, youth are able to demonstrate their hard work locally at the county fair and depending on age and placing, the Kansas State Fair.

The wildlife project is a great opportunity for youth to learn important life skills. For more information about this project, contact Jennifer K. Terrell, 4-H Youth Development for K-State Research and Extension – Southwind District at jkterrell@ksu.edu or 620-244-3826.

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