St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service
Research indicates that youth who have direct experience in nature mentored by an adult
are more likely to choose actions that benefit the environment as adults (Chawla, 2006).
The University of Minnesota Extension’s 4-H and Forestry Afterschool program combined
the 4-H structure and various forestry curricula to build environmental knowledge and foster
stewardship attitudes and behaviors in third through fifth grade club members at three
different schools across Minnesota. The program met the goal of involving students in
science, a part of 4-H’s national Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) initiative. It also
addressed a need identified by professional forestry groups to interest youth in forestry
careers. Evaluation results revealed statistically significant changes in the measurement
of knowledge, attitudes, behavior, and skills related to stewardship behavior. Correlation
analysis showed support for building high quality youth development environments.
Grant, Samantha; Gupta, Angela; Lorek Strauss, Andrea.
4-H & Forestry Afterschool Clubs: A Collaboration to Foster.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension Service.
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