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Shooting Sports Project Area

4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) uses skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing life skills. The disciplines include archery, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader and wildlife skills.

Forestry

From identifying trees to knowing why leaves change colors, from the tree in your front yard to an entire forest of trees, the forestry 4-H project allows you to learn in depth about trees and the environments that they live in.  Forestry will introduce you to everything trees.

Environment & Sustainability

Do you want to make the earth a better place to live? It is all about the environment in this project, whether it’s plants, animals, habitats, environmental issues, saving energy, renewable resources, or recycling! You pick the topic and then learn and make a difference. Become active in your community, school, club, and home.

Outdoor Adventures

Do you like being outdoors? You can become the ultimate explorer by designing your own outdoor adventure! Choose from backpacking, biking, camping, canoeing, fishing or hiking or create your own adventure in the outdoors.

Wildlife

This project is for all youth whether you live in the city, the country, or in between. Activities involve birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, or amphibians and many environments. Learn skills like fishing, hunting, or taxidermy.

Shooting Sports Instructors

The success of 4-H programs relies heavily on dedicated volunteers.  Shooting sports instructors are responsible for the overall coordination and management of the county/area 4-H shooting sports program. If you are interested in being a volunteer or instructor for a shooting sports program, contact your county ISU Extension Office today. 

Entomology (Insects)

Entomology is the study of insects and all six-legged creatures. Getting to know insects can be a fun way to get outside and see what is there. There are insects everywhere on Earth, even in the coldest Arctic! 

Livestock ID

The identification of livestock has evolved substantially in the past few years and appears to be changing each year.  Find out more on COOL, Premise ID, and the use of retinal imaging for State Fair market animals. 

YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals)

In today's world, food safety is one of animal producers' biggest responsibilities.  With over 15,000 Iowa 4-H'ers enrolled in livestock projects, about 17 million pounds of meat is produced each year.

The goal of this program is to help youth and their parents better understand what they can do to produce the safest food possible.

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