Extension Wildlife & Fisheries Specialists Conferences


Date of this Version

October 2006


Published in Proceedings, 11th Triennial National Wildlife & Fisheries Extension Specialists Conference, October 14-18, 2006, Big Sky, MT.


During the 1970s, a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture and the National 4-H Council led to the creation of the Southern Region Wildlife Project materials. Fifty-one publications, based on a variety of fish and wildlife-related subject matter, were created. In 1999, the North Carolina Department of 4-H and Youth Development received a grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to revise the publications. Twenty-four of the original 51 publications were selected for revision by Extension Specialists and other wildlife biologists in several southern states. Content and format for the projects were updated in the revised projects. Each revised project is inquirybased, includes an experiential activity, and focuses on one of three life skills. In North Carolina, we have marketed the availability of the projects during the annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders’ Conference. Additionally, the projects have been recommended as supplemental tools for youth involved in the 4-H Shooting Sports program, the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program, and 4-H presentations. Although anecdotal feedback has been positive, we have no formal indication that project availability has increased youth involvement in wildlife-related activities.