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4-H Summer of Discovery Week 5: The Great Outdoors
Discover the Great Outdoors! Get to know our planet. Our amazing world is a delicate balance of ecosystems. This week spend your time discovering forces that change our landscapes, the power of the sun, the bugs that thrive in our environment, and so much more. Take time this week to learn and explore your local outdoor locations watching for geologic formations, signs of critters, and enjoying the wonders of our world. In addition, 4-H Online Fair Exhibition ideas are identified with each weekly theme. Try something new and see if you find a SPARK!
Discover 4-H Curriculums
- Learn about how earthquakes happen by making graham cracker plates and engineering a building
- Learn about the properties of water by making a prism and rain maker
- Learn about volcanoes by seeing the properties of oil and water, core sampling, and lava layering
- Learn about the properties of ice by making ice cream
- Learn about erosion and flooding by building a dam and stimulating mountain erosion
- Learn about weather by making tornado tubes and a barometer
- Start a nature journal
- Go on a walkabout
- Find a citizen science project you can contribute to
- Learn about wetlands by exploring wetland metaphors
- Learn about watersheds and build one
- Learn about ecosystems and food webs
- Make an ecosystem mural
- Make a food web
- Learn about pollination
- Make your own small greenhouse
- Make a pizza box solar oven
- Learn about sunlight by doing sun paper printing
- Learn about uv rays using uv beads and sunscreen
- Learn about the rock cycle
- Learn about iron using magnets
- Make rock bricks and use them to collect rocks
- Learn about the streak and scratch tests to identify rocks
- Make rock candy
- Learn about core sampling using cupcakes
- Break apart a geode
- Learn about littering
- Plant a tree
- Create a cloud
- Make a rain stick
- Learn about the water cycle
- Make an egg float
- Learn about whales
- Color with sand
- Learn about different types of dinosaurs
- Make a sundial
- Make rain in a jar
- Make a snow globe
- Learn about drop, cover, and hold in an emergency situation
- Learn about how to evacuate in a fire
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt
- Learn about bird beaks and functions
- Learn about animal tracks and traces
- Make animal track molds
- Play wildlife bingo
- Learn about various animals using the animal identification cards
- Learn about the food chain
- Create your own ecosystem
- Learn about insects and scientific terms
- Invent your own insect
- Learn about collecting insects for display and begin a collection
- Go insect hunting
- Learn about jungles and use oil pastels and watercolors to create one
- Learn about forests and create a taiga scene using examples from Bob Ross
- Learn about deserts and paint a desert mug and desert plants
- Learn about the tundra and make food chain cutouts
- Learn about grasslands and create a habitat diorama
- Learn about oceans and make salt puffy paint
Other Resources and Activities
- Learn about safely cooking over a campfire and make a meal.
- Learn with Thanksgiving Point's learning videos.
- Learn how to safely handle bear country, cougar country, and other human-wildlife interactions.
- Check out “Wild” a DWR podcast.
- Take the Utah Master Naturalist classes offered by USU Extension.
- Learn all about Timpanogos Cave and go for a visit.
- Take a virtual tour of a weather station.
- Learn about water insects and identify them using this key from USU Extension.
- Learn all about “Leave No Trace” before you go hiking.
- Learn how to avoid bug bites.
- Check out the Shooting Sports opportunities from Utah 4-H.
- Take a Hunters Education Course to learn about firearm safety and outdoor education.
- Learn all about stream side science with USU Extension.
- Harness wind power to lift a load.
- Enjoy the great outdoors with these dutch oven cooking recipes.
- Create a demonstration on how to set up a campsite
- Volunteer to clean up a local trail or campsite
- Check out water resources for kids from USU Extension.
- Make a bird feeder:
- Learn all about the Great Salt Lake and create your own brine shrimp ecosphere.
- Try your hand at collecting edible plants and making a few recipes.
- Make a light up bug necklace.
- Start a rock collection.
- Follow along with Livingston 4-h as they complete a butterfly 4-h project.
- Take a wildlife observation hike.
- Interested in fishing? No license or equipment required at the Spring Lake Trout Farm.
- Become a BLM Citizen Scientist Junior Ranger.
- Find your Path with the BLM Junior Ranger Program.
- Take a virtual tour of the Hutching Museum to learn all about geology.
- Try your hand at rockhounding.
- Take a virtual mining tour.
- Take a trip to the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point.
- Follow Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Facebook @UtahDWR for more outdoor experiences and upcoming activities
- Take a tour of the Great Salt Lake Shorelands from your own home.
- Visit the Monte. L. Bean Museum to get up and personal with some taxidermied animals.
- Visit a Utah State Park.
- Take advantage of Utah Public Lands.
- Visit the BYU Museum of Paleontology.
- Check out the Weather, Tree Tote, Animal Track Molds, Fish Print, Food Chain, Enviroscape Watershed Model, Birding, or Insect kits from Utah 4-H.
4-H Fair Projects and Contests
Looking for a Fair project? Try something new by checking out the following Divisions and Classes where you can submit a Great Outdoors Fair project.
Click HERE for more 4-H Indoor Exhibit Information.
Division B: Communications and Expressive Arts:
- CLASS BA – COMMUNICATION ARTS
- CLASS BCAP – PAPER CRAFT
- CLASS BCD –PHOTOGRAPHY
- CLASS BCAF – FLOWER ARRANGING
Division C: Consumer and Family Sciences:
- CLASS BCBA – DRAWING
- CLASS BCBB – PAINTING
- CLASS CBA - SEWING CONSTRUCTION
Division D - Environmental Education and Earth Sciences:
- CLASS D – ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND EARTH SCIENCES
- CLASS DA – FORESTRY
Division F - Personal Development and Leadership:
- CLASS FA – 4-H PROMOTION
- CLASS FD – CLOVERBUDS (Grades K-2)
- CLASS FE - COLLECTIONS
Division G: Plants and Animals:
- CLASS G – PLANTS & ANIMALS
- CLASS GCB - FLOWER GARDENING/HOUSE PLANTS
- CLASS GCC - GARDENS - FRUIT/VEGETABLE
- CLASS GCE - ENTOMOLOGY AND BEES
Division H - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math:
- CLASS HA – SCIENCE
- CLASS HB - TECHNOLOGY
- CLASS HF – MAKER
- CLASS HDA – ASTRONOMY
- 4-H Demonstrations
- Shooting Sports Contests
- Prepared Public Speaking
- Impromptu Public Speaking
- 4-H Portfolios and Resumes
Looking for even more ways to have fun this summer? Check out the activity kits we have available! Pickup days are Monday and Friday at the 4-H Office. Reserve yours today!