4-H Summer of Discovery Week 5: The Great Outdoors

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    4-H Summer of Discovery Week 5: The Great Outdoors

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    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!

     

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    Discover Forces of Nature

      • 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

     

    Discover Environmental Education

      • 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

     

    Discover Planet Energy

      • Make a pizza box solar oven
      • Learn about sunlight by doing sun paper printing
      • Learn about uv rays using uv beads and sunscreen

     

    Discover Geology

      • 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

    Discover Cloverbud Earth Science

      • 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

     

    Discover Wildlife

      • 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

     

    Discover Entimology

      • Learn about insects and scientific terms
      • Invent your own insect
      • Learn about collecting insects for display and begin a collection
      • Go insect hunting

     

    Discover Art Around the World

      • 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
     

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    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 Contests (Some contests may be finished for the 4-H Year):

    • 4-H Demonstrations
    • Envirothon
    • Shooting Sports Contests
    • Prepared Public Speaking
    • Impromptu Public Speaking
    • 4-H Portfolios and Resumes

     

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    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!