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We are dependent on Earth’s natural resources. Everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the soil we use for food production are vital to our existence. Good stewardship is critical to ensuring these resources are protected for the next generation.
However, many Americans lack a basic understanding of environmental issues, and there is a shortage of scientists and experts focused on natural resource stewardship, especially among women and minorities. In order to protect the environment, we are going to need a diverse pool of trained scientists to solve current and future environmental problems.
4-H offers programs to help young people develop an understanding and appreciation for our natural environment as well as to give them a glimpse at potential careers in the field.
County programs offered in 4-H Natural Resource areas include, but are not limited to, entomology, forestry, geology, water, weather, beekeeping and earth science.
Through these programs, young people can explore the diversity of our natural environment while they increase their awareness of social problems that can be addressed through environmental stewardship, expand their life skills and gain a better understanding of science and scientific methods. 4-H also offers environmental camps for young people wishing to gain further knowledge of environmental issues.
For more information about 4-H natural resource programs in your area, contact the Owen County Extension office at 484-5703.