Observing and studying wildlife can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. This project will help you learn to identify wildlife, basic wildlife needs, and how wildlife interact with other wildlife and with people. At the advanced level you will learn how to create a wildlife habitat, wherever you live.
For Judging and Check-in information, consult the current 4-H Catalog.
For Resources such as Manuals, Record Sheets, and Score Cards see the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Project Page.
- Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative sub-title if you wish.
- Note: You must choose a different activity each year, except for the Level D Wildlife Management Plan, which may be expanded upon in subsequent years.
- List sources for images and information.
- Members must complete three activities in the project manual each year along with a record sheet. Completed manual and record sheet must be turned in by the established and posted date.
- Notebook exhibits must be displayed in a standard three ring binder. Choose one of the options listed below, appropriate for your grade in school.
- All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit.
- This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.
- A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
- Premiums and Grand Champions will be determined by the method stated in the Adams County 4-H Governing Rules under the General Project Rules section.
Level 1-Grades 3-5
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 1 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a wildlife related science experiment appropriate for grades 3-5.
Level 2-Grades 6-8
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 2 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a wildlife related science experiment appropriate for grades 6-8.
Level 3-Grades 9-12
- A poster related to an activity from the Level 3 manual.
- A poster and/or notebook of a wildlife related science experiment appropriate for grades 9-12.
- Independent Study -Learn all you can about a wildlife topic, program, facility, project, etc. and present it on a poster or in a notebook. Take care to follow all state and federal guidelines when working with wildlife, with particular care when raising game birds, migratory birds, and endangered species. See the Indiana 4-H Wildlife project website, www.ydae.purdue.edu/natural_resources/4-H,NR,Projects/Projects/wildlife/, for more information. Include a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster or notebook, "Advanced Wildlife -Independent Study"
- Mentoring - Exhibit a poster or notebook that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, "Advanced Wildlife-Mentor."