About the 4-H Wildlife Project
Observing and studying wildlife can provide a lifetime of enjoyment! Learn all about how to identify wildlife, basic wildlife needs, how wildlife interact with people, and how to create wildlife habitat wherever you live.
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Wildlife Project Resources
You can learn more about wildlife by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Wildlife Science Level 1 (Grades 3-5) (PDF Version)
- Wildlife Science Level 1 Facilitator’s Guide
- Wildlife Science Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
- Wildlife Science Level 2 Facilitator’s Guide
- Wildlife Science Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
- Wildlife Science Level 3 Facilitator’s Guide
- Wildlife Science Facilitator's Guide (Levels 1-3)
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!
Other helpful resources:
- Indiana Wildlife Federation – discover Indiana’s native wildlife!
- National Wildlife Habitat Education Program Manual
- Wildlife Habitat Education Program Wildlife Identification Guide
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a poster or notebook project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County 4-H Showcase.
- Wildlife project 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.
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Wildlife projects exhibits from 4-H members grades 3-12 are eligible to advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
- Make a poster or notebook about one of the following ideas:
- Evidence of wildlife in your community: you could take or draw pictures, keep a record of what wildlife you have seen or describe evidence of wildlife you have not seen but know are present (such as animal tracks)
- All about nocturnal animals
- Research a species that interests you (e.g., white-tailed deer, raccoon, red-tailed hawk, etc.)
- A reference list must be included with your poster or notebook.
- You can also make a diorama showing wildlife.
- 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 Wildlife Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s wildlife project page for more resources.