Forestry is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Forestry.
What you can do in this project: identify forest types, forest products and trees; age trees by counting rings; understand forest competition; find a state forest; describe how leaves affect rainfall.
Resource: 08038, Follow the Path
What you can do in this project: learn how trees move water from soil to canopy; diagram a leaf; understand major forest changes and their impact; select urban tree planting sites.
Resource: 08039, Reach for the Canopy
What you can do in this project: recognize different tree fruits; create a community forest map; identify forest biomes by continent; identify an unknown tree using a tree key.
Resource: 08040, Explore the Deep Woods
Want to learn more about Forestry? Try the links below.
Forestry Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including forestry. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.
National 4-H Forestry Invitational
This is the national championship of 4-H forestry. Each year, since 1980, teams of 4-H Foresters have come to Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center at Weston, WV, to meet, compete, and have fun. Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center is the first and oldest 4-H camp in the United States and is operated by West Virginia University.
Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.
The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.
- Application for Registration as a Registered Judge for Wisconsin Fairs (1 page, 20 KB) Form to use if you want to become a registered judge in Wisconsin.
- County Fair Exhibit Ideas and Tips (2 pages, 43 KB)
There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Forestry Project. Just follow these links!
American Forest Foundation
AFF develops and administers programs that encourage the long-term stewardship of the environment and our natural resources.
Common Leaves & Trees
Series of photos that can help you identify everything from an American Basswood to a White Oak.
Source of resources for managing a woodlot.
Forestry for Beginners
Features articles and resources.
Go Wild With Wisconsin Wildcards
An activity kit from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources that includes more than 250 “trading cards,” featuring some of Wisconsin’s plants, wildlife and special places. Great resource for helping Wisconsinites (of all ages) get to know their state and its natural resource issues.
National Arbor Day
Activities for youth and educators.
National Association of State Foresters
Features links to sites with general forestry information.
National 4-H Online Forestry Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Forestry Project activities, information and links.
Society of American Foresters
Forestry education ideas and resources for youth and educators.
Features a Kid’s Corner with games and activities.
USDA Forest Service
The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Its web site offers links for employment opportunities, recreational activities, safety information, information of kids interest, and more.
Virginia 4-H Virtual Forest
Aan interactive, web-based learning experience that introduces forest management concepts to youth 9-13. Learning modules cover the human impact on the ecosystem (sprawl), renewable resources, photosynthesis, tree identification, succession, tree measurements, and timber harvesting. It also includes user’s guides, student activity sheets, teacher answer sheets, additional resources, and links for each module.
UW-Extension Forestry Dept.
Source of excellent fact sheets on forestry.
UW-Madison Steenbock Library Resource Guide: Forestry
Guide to links for many forestry-related sites.
Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
DNR site with “Project Learning Tree,” a conservation and environmental education program for youth that features nearly 100 activities.
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources: Forestry
DNR site with information on establishing, caring for and harvesting a forest.
Wisconsin Woodland Assistance
Site designed to assist Wisconsin private woodlot owners with managing their property.
For more information on the 4-H Forestry Project, contact the following:
Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several resources on forests and forestry that can be rented.
UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.