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.
Level 1 (grades 3-5)
Level 2 (grades 6-8)
Level 3 (grades 9-12)
General Exhibit Requirements
Manual Required (3 Activities)
- Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in the wildlife project this year. See “General Rules” for poster requirements. Notebook exhibits must be displayed in a standard three-ring binder. Choose one of the options below, suitable for your grade in school. Use an appropriate exhibit title.
- 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.
Level 1 (grades 3-5), choose one:
- 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), choose one:
- 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), choose one:
- 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.
Interested in sponsoring a trophy or award for this project? Please contact the project superintendent or Extension Office at 219-755-3240 to learn more!