Outdoor Education (Natural Sciences)

4H members wind sailing

Journey through field, forest, wetlands and urban areas to discover the wonders and mysteries of Wisconsin’s natural environment. Through 4-H environmental and outdoor education projects on topics such as environmental resource management, entomology, outdoor recreation and education, soils, wildlife, fisheries and marine life, you will learn about the interconnection of people and nature. You’ll also develop respect and appreciation for and a sense of stewardship toward our natural resources. Enjoy time outdoors and develop an understanding and appreciation of the environment through three core theme areas:

  • Basic science and ecology
  • Interrelationships and impacts
  • Health, wellness and positive outdoor experiences

Upham Woods Summer Camp

A 4-H summer camp at Upham Woods brings together outdoor recreation and field science experiences. Youth engage in service-learning through hands-on conservation projects designed to teach 4-H members new skills while building a lasting legacy.

4-H youth canoeing at Upham Woods summer camp
Upham Woods Summer Camp

Participants create positive relationships with each other as they co-discover the outdoors on guided hikes or while figuring out how to steer their canoe.

4-H members explore connections between themselves and the land through the Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) program where they use professional grade field equipment to answer their own curiosities about Blackhawk Island. They then share their discoveries through storytelling. Upham Woods serves as 4-H’s Outdoor Laboratory.

Nature is everywhere! Anyone can learn from the land when they have a pencil and paper in hand. For ideas on what to explore and how to explore the outdoors check out Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center’s website.

For a list of Wisconsin environmental education programs and resources visit the website.


Amy Workman
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center Director
(608) 264-3485



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