WSU Whatcom County Extension

Stewardship is Where You Are

4-H Natural Resource Stewardship

Washington 4-H Stewardship Programs build youth leadership through outdoor educational activities, hands-on learning and community service, fostering connections between people and nature, and helping youth recognize that responsible citizens are natural resource stewards.


These activities are designed to promote science skills and build an appreciation for local natural resource stewardship.

Please complete user surveys to help us understand what is being used and how we can improve. If you participate in 4-H you can enroll in Project "D". For more information, call the WSU Extension office.

This website contains resources and links to help you and your club members have experiential opportunities that will bring you in contact with your natural environment, your natural resources and the communities that care about them! BE ADVISED: Most of these activities are completed outdoors!

Activity Categories


"Air and Energy”


"Forest Parks and Lands We Use”


“Water and Marine Life”


Navigating Activities & Skill Levels

You may select activities in any order from the navigation bar on the left. There is also a link to the 4-H GPS/GIS learning pages. GIS is a quintessential tool for natural resources research.

Each activity is divided into three skill levels, which can either be used for progressive skill building or by members as Junior, Intermediates and Seniors. Each activity begins in Skill Level One: Explorer. Most Citizen Scientist activities can be used in Senior High School Project settings.

You can switch between skill levels by clicking on the divider tabs.


Explore More: Under “Explore More” on the right are additional teaching and learning resources specific to the activity.

It’s All Connected: is a list of organizations and individuals in your community who can serve as partners or additional resource mentors for the activity you are currently utilizing.


What you will need...

We have attempted to connect you to all the learning resources you will need for each activity. Additional required materials are listed at the beginning of each activity. You may print information guides from the internet, or request the Extension Office print booklets for your members. There are additional resources your club can loan in a “Project Backpack.”




Please review our safety guidelines for this series, apply common sense and consider ordering club member insurance from:



This project was partially made possible through donations from the Norcliffe Foundation.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office.

We are grateful to our many organizational partners who have offered their expertise to teach this information. 4-H Youth Development does not make commercial endorsements. Identified partners offering educational opportunities do so at their own discretion.

Natural Resource Stewards



Please help us help you by completing the two surveys linked below. The “Youth Attitudes” survey is intended for youth starting or participating in the NRS project. The Demographic information should be completed by a leader, teacher or other adult. Completing the surveys once a year is optimal. Information is collected anonymously, youth are asked to identify themselves through a PIN. (Instructions are included in the survey.)

Common Measure: Youth Attitudes Survey
(for youth 12 -18)


Participation Demographics
(completed by supervising adults)


Teaching Resources

NRS Project Calendar

NRS Project Materials List



For more information:

  Brenda Dunford
   4-H Coordinator
   (360) 778-5817


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