About the 4-H Forestry Project
Learn how to identify trees, the uses and benefits of trees, and the importance of our woodlands! Enjoy the great outdoors while learning how to choose the best trees for cooling, wildlife habitat, and reducing erosion and pollution.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Forestry Project Resources
You can learn more about forestry by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Forestry Level 1: Follow the Path (Grades 3-5)
- Forestry Level 2: Reach for the Canopy (Grades 6-8)
- Forestry Level 3: Explore the Deep Woods (Grades 9-12)
- Forestry Group Activity Helper’s Guide
- Forestry Leader’s Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Keep track of what you learn using a record sheet:
- Forestry Level 1 Record Sheet (Grades 3-5)
- Forestry Level 2 Record Sheet (Grades 6-8)
- Forestry Level 3 Record Sheet (Grades 9-12)
- Forestry Independent Study Record Sheet (Advanced)
- Forestry Independent Study Record Sheet (Mentoring)
These publications/resources may also be helpful in learning about forestry:
- An Introduction to Trees of Indiana book
- Tree Diagram
- Leaf Collection Mounting Paper
- How to Make and Use and Tree Measuring Stick
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County Showcase.
- Forestry exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
- Forestry Score Card (all levels)
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Forestry projects exhibits from 4-H members grades 3-12 are eligible to advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Purdue’s Mini 4-H Trees Manual. Trees have been around a long time and grow in all kinds of places. Find out the way to tell the age of a tree, discover the special way trees get food and water, and explore the many ways leaves are special.
- Purdue’s Mini 4-H Forestry Manual. There are many different kinds of trees and all of them do important jobs. Discover the many different jobs that trees do, the ways that trees help people, and how you can be a good neighbor to a tree.
- Exhibit any and as many of the activities you complete from the Mini 4-H Trees or Forestry manuals.
- Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Forestry Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s forestry project page for more resources.